The Letter to the Philippians

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Oct 5, 2009 - Religion - 355 pages
In this commentary G. Walter Hansen offers rich exposition of the text of Philippians as well as wisdom and maturity in its application. In so doing he emphasizes partnership--the social and corporate dimensions of community--in the progress of the gospel.

After a select bibliography, Hansen's introduction sets forth the historical setting of the church in Philippi, the nature and occasion of the letter, and a preview of two key themes--the gospel of Christ and the community in Christ. The commentary itself discusses Philippians in light of these themes, considering Paul's greetings, reports of gospel ministry, imperatives for citizens worthy of the gospel, recommendations of two Christ-like servants, and disclosures of his personal experience. Hansen's treatment as a whole is distinctive for the way it draws out and highlights the themes of partnership, citizenship, and friendship in Paul's Philippian letter.

"With themes and emotions so varied, the letter to the Philippians needs a commentator with a sure grasp and a warm heart. . . . Hansen writes with admirable clarity and simplicity, even when he is unpacking notoriously complex matters."
-- D. A. Carson (from the preface)
 

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Contents

THE HISTORICAL SETTING OF THE CHURCH IN PHILIPPI
1
THE NATURE OF THE LETTER TO THE PHILIPPIANS
6
B A Deliberative Speech
12
C The Integrity of the Letter
15
THE OCCASION OF THE LETTER
19
B The Church in Trouble
25
2 Suffering
27
3 Opponents
28
1218
169
RECOMMENDATIONS OF CHRISTLIKE SERVANTS 21930
191
1924
192
2530
199
DISCLOSURES OF PERSONAL EXPERIENCE 3121
211
16
212
711
230
1214
249

A PREVIEW OF TWO THEMES
30
A The Gospel of Christ
31
B The Community in Christ
32
GREETINGS AND GRACE 112
37
PRAYERS FOR PARTNERS 1311
44
REPORTS OF GOSPEL MINISTRY 11226
65
1518a
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18b26
76
IMPERATIVES FOR CITIZENS WORTHY OF THE GOSPEL 127218
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14
105
511
118
Humility 268
133
Exaltation 2911
159
1517
257
1819
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2021
267
FINAL APPEALS 419
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THANKS FOR GIFTS FROM PARTNERS 41020
304
GREETINGS AND GRACE 42123
329
AUTHORS
333
SUBJECTS
338
SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
344
EXTRABIBLICAL LITERATURE
354
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G. Walter Hansen is the Seminary Professor for Global Theological Education at Fuller Theological Seminary. His other books include Abraham in Galatians and the IVP New Testament Commentary volume on Galatians.

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