Popular Heroization in Philippian Funerary Epigraphy and Paul’s Letter to the Philippians

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How would the unusual language that Philippians uses about afterlife have sounded to people in Philippi? This chapter explores the extent and nature of the representation of afterlife on funerary monuments from Philippi and its surrounding territory. The textual and pictorial evidence in the set of published monuments is analysed, with particular attention being given to riders, banquet scenes, and the use of the term ‘hero/ine’. Language in Paul’s letter is shown to have interesting points of comparison with local representation of afterlife.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhilippi from Colonia Augusta to Communitas Christiana
Subtitle of host publicationReligion and Society in Transition
EditorsSteven Friesen, Michalis Lychounas, Daniel Schowalter
Place of PublicationLeiden
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9789004469334
ISBN (Print)9789004469327
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2021

Publication series

NameSupplements to Novum Testamentum
ISSN (Print)0167-9732


  • Philippians afterlife funerary epigraphy


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