The concept of Κένωσις in Philippians 2:6–7 and its contextual application in Africa

Verbum et Ecclesia


 
 
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Title The concept of Κένωσις in Philippians 2:6–7 and its contextual application in Africa
 
Creator Ottuh, John A.
 
Subject New Testament Studies; Theology concept of Kenosis; Philippians 2:6–7; African Christology; contextualisation; African leadership style
Description The interpretation of the concept of κένωσις in Philippians 2:6–7 has been widely approached using the historical critical method, which is mostly western oriented, but a contextual approach of κένωσις in Philippians 2:6–7 from the perspective of African Christology in relation to African leadership style is lacking. Therefore, using the African biblical contextual approach, the article reinterprets the term κένωσις based on African christology with the aim of reinterpreting κένωσις in Philippians 2:6–7 in the context of African leadership style, and also with intension to critique the African model of leadership. It argues that Jesus as a leader figure as represented in the concept of κένωσις in Philippians 2:6–7 is a model of selfless leadership which is lacking in African leadership figures. The article also intends to show how the description of Jesus’ attitude in Philippians 2:6–7 reflects humility, selflessness and servant-leadership as against African leadership style, which is characterised by self-conceit, selfishness, ostentations, splendour and bossiness.Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: This essay reinterprets the concept of kenosis in Philippians 2:6–7 in the context of African Christology and how it resonates with selfless leadership as exemplified in Pauline description of Jesus Christ in the text. From observation, leadership in various spheres of the society in Africa, such as ecclesiastical, political and traditional, lack selflessness as indicated in this article. This article, therefore, cuts across the field of biblical theology, historical theology, political science and African cultural studies.
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
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Date 2020-12-15
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Context Approach
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Identifier 10.4102/ve.v41i1.2081
 
Source Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 41, No 1 (2020); 13 pages 2074-7705 1609-9982
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://verbumetecclesia.org.za/index.php/ve/article/view/2081/4376 https://verbumetecclesia.org.za/index.php/ve/article/view/2081/4375 https://verbumetecclesia.org.za/index.php/ve/article/view/2081/4377 https://verbumetecclesia.org.za/index.php/ve/article/view/2081/4374
 
Coverage Africa-Nigeria — —
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