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What is the name which is above every name?

Canisius | 03 January, 2006 17:25

Philippians 2 is used several times in the liturgies for the Holy Name. While the Vulgate says "and every tongue confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father", the Greek text is grammatically ambiguous. On the Vulgate's rendering, it would mean that everyone confesses that Jesus is God, and hence God has made "Jesus" to be "the name which is above all other names".

But one can also (and more probably, I think) translate this sentence as "and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." In this case, the "name above all other names" is not "Jesus" but "Lord", i.e., the name of the divinity. But because Jesus <i>is</i> Lord, every knee must bow at the name "Jesus".


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