Chapter 9 Cost and Abundance in Roman Philippi: The Letter to the Philippians in Its Context

In: Philippi, From Colonia Augusta to Communitas Christiana

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Abstract

This paper traces the intertwining of economic and theological language in Paul’s mid-first century CE Letter to the Philippians. It seeks to reconstruct the possible reactions of the ekklēsia in Christ at Philippi to the first reception of Paul’s letter to them. The letter’s rhetoric of economics and theology – and cost and abundance – is interpreted in the context of contemporaneous epigraphic and archaeological data from the city and environs. We conclude that the early followers of Christ use of financial language in various ways to consider not only their business and patron-client relationships with one another, but also to think with and through their relationship the divine and indeed the very worth of Christ.

Philippi, From Colonia Augusta to Communitas Christiana

Religion and Society in Transition

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