kenosis


kenosis
Greek for ‘self-emptying’ and used by Paul in Phil. 2:7 for Jesus' renunciation of the state of glory with the Father in order to share human life and death. The ‘kenotic theory’ of the incarnation proposed by several German Lutheran and English theologians (Charles Gore, P. T. Forsyth) was an attempt to combine an orthodox Christology with a recognition that Jesus' humanity shared the limitations of his age: divine omniscience was renounced; Jesus of course had no knowledge of biblical criticism, and for him Ps. 110 was assumed to be written by David (Mark 12:36). Cf. Charles Wesley's hymn:
Our God contracted to a span
Incomprehensibility made man;
Emptied himself of all but love,
Emptied of his majesty.

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  • Kenosis — is a Greek word for emptiness, which is used as a theological term. The ancient Greek word κένωσις kénōsis means an emptying , from κενός kenós empty . The word is mainly used, however, in a Christian theological context, for example Philippians… …   Wikipedia

  • Kenosis — • A term derived from the discussion as to the real meaning of Phil. 2:6 Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Kenosis     Kenosis     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Kenosis — (κένωσις, griechisch: „Leerwerden“, „Entäußerung“) ist das Substantiv zu dem von Paulus im Brief an die Philipper gebrauchten Verb ἐκένωσεν (ekenosen), „er entäußerte sich“ (Phil. 2, 7). Über Jesus Christus ausgesagt, bedeutet der Begriff den… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • kenosis — (n.) from Gk. kenosis an emptying, from kenoein to empty, from PIE *ken empty. From Phil. ii:7. Related: Kenotic …   Etymology dictionary

  • kenosis — [kə nō′sis] n. [Gr kenōsis, an emptying < kenos, empty] Christian Theol. the voluntary self abasement of the second person of the Trinity in becoming human kenotic [kinät′ik] adj …   English World dictionary

  • kenosis — noun Etymology: Late Greek kenōsis, from Greek, action of emptying, from kenoun to purge, empty, from kenos empty Date: 1873 the relinquishment of divine attributes by Jesus Christ in becoming human • kenotic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • kenosis — kenotic /ki not ik/, adj. /ki noh sis/, n. Theol. the doctrine that Christ relinquished His divine attributes so as to experience human suffering. [1835 45; < Gk kénosis an emptying (keno , var. s. of kenoûn to empty out, drain + sis SIS)] * * * …   Universalium

  • Kenosis — Ke|no|sis 〈f.; ; unz.; Theol.〉 = Kenose * * * Ke|no|sis [auch: kɛn...], die; [griech. kénōsis = Entleerung, zu: keneĩn = entleeren, zu: kenós = leer]: theologische Auffassung, dass Christus bei der Menschwerdung auf die Ausübung seiner göttlichen …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Kenosis — Ke|no|sis [auch kɛ...] die; <aus gr. kénōsis »Entleerung«> theologische Auffassung, dass Christus bei der Menschwerdung auf die Ausübung seiner göttlichen Eigenschaften verzichtet habe (Philipper 2,6 ff.) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • kenosis — [kɪ nəʊsɪs] noun (in Christian theology) the full or partial renunciation of his divine nature by Christ in the Incarnation. Derivatives kenotic adjective Origin C19: from Gk kenōsis an emptying , from kenoein to empty , with biblical allusion… …   English new terms dictionary

  • kenosis — ke•no•sis [[t]kɪˈnoʊ sɪs[/t]] n. rel the doctrine that Christ relinquished His divine attributes so as to experience human suffering • Etymology: 1835–45; < Gk kénōsis an emptying, =kenō , var. s. of kenoûn to empty out, drain, der. of kenós… …   From formal English to slang


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