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Cyprian’s Use of Philippians: To Live Is Christ and to Die Is Gain

Murphy, Edwina (2016) Cyprian’s Use of Philippians: To Live Is Christ and to Die Is Gain. Augustinianum, 56 (1). pp. 35-56. ISSN 0004-8011

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Abstract

Cyprian’s appropriation of Scripture and his theological emphases are closely connected with the circumstances of his congregation. As a case study in Cyprian’s biblical interpretation, this article considers all his quotations of and allusions to Philippians through the lens of his pastoral concerns: the unity of the Church; care for the poor and captive; discipline and repentance; and divine truth and eternal glory. The reading strategies Cyprian uses can be categorized as contextual exegesis, model, image, direct application, and prophetic fulfilment. The study provides a fresh perspective on patronage and almsgiving in Cyprian, deepens our understanding of the reception of Paul, and elucidates the interplay of text, context and theology in an important exponent of early Latin exegesis.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Cyprian, Philippians, Christ, Die
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: Morling College
Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2017 04:32
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2018 04:43
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2353

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