9780521615969

The New Testament Christological Hymns: Their Historical Religious Background

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    9780521615969

  • ISBN10:

    0521615968

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-12-02
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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A study of the hymnic and liturgical material in the New Testament which describes Christ’s nature and person. Professor Sanders analyzes the hymns in detail and finds in them a common mythological pattern. He traces its origin to a particular and unorthodox branch of Judaism which is itself a branch of the ‘wisdom’ tradition where the thanksgiving hymn had its home. His conclusions therefore have considerable importance and implications for questions about the origins of Gnosticism and its influence on Christianity. This is the full-scale historical religious study of the New Testament Christological hymns, and English readers will find particularly useful Professor Sanders’ critical survey of recent continental scholarship on this and related subjects.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Abbreviations xi
Hymns in the New Testament 1(8)
PART 1: FORMAL ANALYSIS OF THE HYMNS
1 The New Testament Christological Hymns
9(20)
Philippians ii. 6-11
9(3)
Colossians i. 15-20
12(2)
Ephesians ii. 14-16
14(1)
I Timothy iii. 16
15(2)
I Peter iii. 18-22
17(2)
Hebrews i. 3
19(1)
The Prologue of the Gospel of John
20(9)
PART 2: THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE INVESTIGATION
2 The Prologue of John
29(29)
Sophia: Rudolf Bultmann's earlier solution
29(4)
The gnostic redeemer: Rudolf Bultmann's later solution
33(6)
Judaism: C.H. Dodd
39(2)
Intra-Christian origin: Rudolf Schnackenburg
41(2)
Logos: Lorenz Dürr
43(7)
The process of hypostatization: Helmer Ringgren
50(8)
3 Philippians ii. 6-11
58(17)
The Suffering Servant
58(6)
The two Adams: Jean Héring
64(2)
The gnostic redeemer: Ernst Käsemann
66(4)
Servant and Wisdom: Dieter Georgi
70(5)
4 Colossians i. 15-20
75(13)
A convergence of motifs: Martin Dibelius
75(4)
The gnostic redeemer as a Jewish figure: Ernst Käsemann
79(1)
Image: F.-W. Eltester
80(8)
5 The shorter passages
88(13)
Ephesians ii. 14-16
88(4)
Hebrews i. 3
92(2)
I Timothy iii. 16
94(1)
I Peter iii. 18-22
95(1)
Summary
96(5)
PART 3: HISTORICAL RELIGIOUS BACKGROUND OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTOLOGICAL HYMNS
6 The Odes of Solomon
101(20)
The Odes of Solomon and Christianity
104(2)
The Lord of the Odes of Solomon
106(8)
Hypostatization in the Odes of Solomon
114(7)
7 The Coptic gnostic literature from Nag Hammadi
121(12)
The Gospel of Truth
121(9)
The Apocalypse of Adam
130(3)
8 The Thanksgivings of the Wisdom School
133(7)
9 The New Testament Christological hymns as language
140(5)
Bibliography 145(6)
Index 151

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