Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 20 April 2019

Abstract and Keywords

When Phil. 2:6 says, ‘he emptied himself’ is ‘he’ the Incarnate Christ or it ‘he’ God pure and simple? One version of Kenoticism says the man Jesus Christ emptied himself; another version says God emptied himself to become the man Jesus Christ. Chemnitz claimed that Jesus’ human nature ‘has’ some divine attributes like majesty non-essentially. Modern Kenoticism was sparked by life of Jesus research, and by Strauss’ claim that one self-consciousness cannot have two different ‘personalities’. For Thomasius kenosis is divestment of divinity by the Word: Christ must be non-omniscient to be fully human. For Gess, Incarnation is the Word’s becoming a human soul. Scottish Kenoticists claimed the Word ‘retracted’ his divine attributes during the Incarnation. We need a kenotic theory which makes kenosisoriginal to the being of God so that its temporal concretization involves no change in God and understands kenosis to subtract nothing proper from God.

Keywords: kenosis, Philippians 2:6-11, incarnation, divine attributes, soul

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.