Meaning of Philippians 2:6- MORFH and hARPAGMOS
jwest at Highland.Net
Mon Oct 26 13:51:56 EST 1998
At 03:27 PM 10/26/98 -0800, you wrote:
>What exactly is the meaning of Philippians 2:6? The Greek text reads:
>hOS EN MORFHi QEOU hUPARCWN OUC hARPAGMON hHGHSATO TO EINAI ISA QEWi
The stodgy old Robertson said "Morphe means the essential attributes as
shown in the form". "Originally words in -mos signified the act, not the
result.... That is to say Paul means a prize to be held on to rather than
something to be won".
See his very interesting discussion in vol. 5, p. 444- "Word Pictures in the
I would render the verse something like "who though having the essential
attributes of divinity, [Jesus] did not cling to them; instead he emptied
himself... " etc.
Jim West, ThD
Quartz Hill School of Theology
jwest at highland.net
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