Reconstructing Honor in Roman Philippi: Carmen Christi as Cursus Pudorum
New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005 pp. xii + 239. $80.00
Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series, 132
Description: This book examines Paulís letter to the Philippians against the social background of the colony at Philippi. After an extensive survey of Roman social values, Professor Hellerman argues that the cursus honorum, the formalized sequence of public offices that marked out the prescribed social pilgrimage for aspiring senatorial aristocrats in Rome (and which was replicated in miniature in municipalities and in voluntary associations), forms the background against which Paul has framed his picture of Jesus in the great Christ hymn in Philippians 2. In marked contrast to the values of the dominant culture, Paul portrays Jesus descending what the author describes as a cursus pudorum (Ďcourse of ignominiesí). The passage has thus been intentionally framed to subvert Roman cursus ideology and, by extension, to redefine the manner in which honor and power were to be utilized among the Christians at Philippi.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Phillipians, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches
Review by Jason Lamoreaux
Citation: Jason Lamoreaux, review of Joseph Hellerman, Reconstructing Honor in Roman Philippi: Carmen Christi as Cursus Pudorum, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).
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