Christ as the Telos of Life

Moral Philosophy, Athletic Imagery & the Aim of Philippians

Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. No.371


By: Bradley Arnold
October 2014
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9783161533266
269 Pages
$147.50 Paper original


Bradley Arnold examines the argumentative logic and the central objective in Paul's Letter to the Philippians. But he represents the historical context and examines the comprehensive mental structure of the ancient moral philosophy (Aristotle, namely, Epicureanism and Stoicism), the sport in antiquity and the vivid description. Then he explained on the basis of these areas the essence of Paul's argument in his letter to the Philippians. By an exegetical analysis of the entire letter shows Bradley Arnold, that Paul's argument similar structures as having the thought patterns in the ancient moral philosophy and that Paul within this framework the sport at key points used to auszudrücke the essence of Christian existence. He believes that Paul's view of life in the image of the rotor with Phil from 3.13 to 14, which serves as a vivid description summarizing. This symbolism plays an important role in relation to Paul's rhetorical purpose in this letter, as they follow his persuasive appeal to the Philippians, Christ as Telos of life together in the nucleus.