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Eros and the Christ: Longing and Envy in Paul's Christology
Fredrickson, David E.

Minneapolis: Fortress, 2013 pp. xviii + 181. $45

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Paul in Critical Contexts


Description: The self-emptying of Christ (kenosis) in Philippians 2 has long been the focus of attention by Christian theologians and interpreters of Paul's Christology. David E. Fredrickson sheds dramatic new light on familiar texts by discussing the centuries-old language of love and longing in Greek and Roman epistolary literature, showing that a "physics" of desire was related to notions of power and dominance. Paulís kenotic Christology challenged not only received notions of the power of the gods but of the very nature of love itself as a component of human society.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Phillipians, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, New Testament Theology

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Review by Elliott C. Maloney
Published 1/29/2015
Citation: Elliott C. Maloney, review of David E. Fredrickson, Eros and the Christ: Longing and Envy in Paul's Christology, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


Review by Scott S. Elliott
Published 1/29/2015
Citation: Scott S. Elliott, review of David E. Fredrickson, Eros and the Christ: Longing and Envy in Paul's Christology, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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