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7c), something that can in no way be said of Isa. 7 « Lesser considerations against connecting Phil. 7 with the Servant include: (1) the lack of a definite article before doulos in Phil. 7;5 (2) the differentiation from other people denoted by the Servant's activity, as opposed to the solidarity with humankind which Christ’s servitude marks;6 (3) the failure of Phil. 7 Terminological echoes of Deutro-Isaiah have been claimed for a variety of the other words in the Philippian hymn. It is asserted that ‘a thing to be grasped’ (harpagmos; Phil.
P Bach mann, Der erttt Brief des Paulus an die Korinther (4th edn. Leipzig. -J. Klauck, Herrenmahl und hellenistischer K ult (Neutestsmentliehe Abhandlungeft, new senes 15; M unster AschendorfT. 1982) 284. 6 On 'altar' as a pious circumlocution for 'Cod’, cf. g H. Gressmann. *H (OlvtiAaa Soum aW . ZNW 20 (1921) 224 1. 1 He does deny that idols arc anything, but in verses 20-21 he implies that pagans are partners with demons just as Christians are partners with Christ. Paul’s lack of interest here in the specifics of cultic activity lets him feel free to change the traditional formula in verse 16.
K. Williams, J ttu t' Death 49 2. 2 It remains to be said that Paul has given no indication in his remarks surrounding the hymn that the Servant is a con sideration for him here. Kasemann’s criticism of a simplistic, ethical interpretation of Phil. 6-11 is valid,3 but it should not blind one to the parenetic aspects of the hymn’s setting. The hymn itself is clearly concerned with the mythic career of Christ rather than with ethics, but this docs not prevent Paul from employing it parenetically.