Sunday, November 22, 2009


The Flagellation of Christ, Artist: Nicola Grassi, c. 1720, Oil on canvas, 105 x 159 cm, Museum of Fine Arts, BudapestKenosis 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 2:5-8, using the verb form κενόω kenóō.

5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,
7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
From Strong's G2758:
  1. to empty, make empty
    • of Christ, he laid aside equality with or the form of God
  2. to make void
    • deprive of force, render vain, useless, of no effect
  3. to make void
    • cause a thing to be seen to be empty, hollow, false


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