In Christian theology, kenosis (Greek: κένωσις, kénōsis, lit. [the act of emptying]) is the 'self-emptying' of Jesus' own will and becoming entirely receptive to God's divine will.

The word ἐκένωσεν (ekénōsen) is used in 2:7, "[[Phil. 2:7] ([Phil. 2:7] (NRSV), using the verb form κενόω (kenóō) "to empty".

Etymology and definition

Etymology is from Greek κενόω (kenóō) "to empty out". The Liddell–Scott Greek–English Lexicon gives the following simplified definition simplified for the noun:[1]

  1. emptying, depletion, emptiness (of life) (e.g. Vettius Valens)
  2. depletion, low diet, as opposed to plerosis fullness (e.g. Hippocrates)
  3. waning (of the moon) (e.g. Epicurus)
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