Archiv für Religionsgeschichte
Ed. by Bickel, Susanne / Frankfurter, David / Johnston, Sarah Iles / Pironti, Gabriella / Rüpke, Jörg / Scheid, John / Várhelyi, Zsuzsanna
Together with Beard, Mary / Bonnet, Corinne / Borgeaud, Philippe / Henrichs, Albert / Knysh, Alexander / Lissarrague, Francois / Malamoud, Charles / Maul, Stefan / Parker, Robert C. Y. / Shaked, Shaul / Stroumsa, Gedaliahu Guy / Tardieu, Michel / Volokhine, Youri
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During his missionary activities in Asia Minor and Greece, Paul is continuously confronted with the ‘Gods of Others’. Interestingly enough, he is quite reluctant in reacting against his ‘pagan surroundings’-as Luke is in his portrayal of Paul (esp. Acts 16-17). On the basis of reconstructing Paul’s missionary activities in Philippi- a city which was most obviously characterized by ‘Romaness’ (romanitas)-and analyzing Phil 2:6-11-a core piece of Paul’s proclamation of ‘Christ’ -, this article argues that Paul was neither interested in anti-imperial polemics nor in the mythical construct of a ‘Christ-cult’. In order to react on his pagan surroundings in Macedonia and to make the ekklesia of Christ-believers attractive to its sympathizers, he rather uses a myth-historical text by which he teaches the ethos of Christ’s ‘Statusverzicht’ as a moral paradigm (exemplum): In pagan surroundings, Pauline theology thus finds its actual vanishing point in the discourse on ethics and ‘moral progress’.