NBBC, Philippians : A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition

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  • Copyright: 2009-03-01
  • Publisher: Nazarene Pub House
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Author Biography

Dean Flemming serves as lecturer in New Testament at European Nazarene College in Bsingen, Switzerland. He holds an M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in New Testament exegesis from the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland. His previous publications include Contextualization in the New Testament: Patterns for Theology and Mission (InterVarsity Press).

Table of Contents

General Editors' Prefacep. 7
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Abbreviationsp. 10
Bibliographyp. 13
Introductionp. 21
The Context of Philippiansp. 22
The City and People of Philippip. 22
Paul's Mission in Philippip. 23
The Place and Date of Writingp. 24
Paul's Imprisonmentp. 26
The Occasion and Purpose of the Letterp. 27
The Form, Structure, and Persuasive Strategy of Philippiansp. 30
Philippians as a Letterp. 30
Philippians as Rhetoricp. 33
Authorship and Unityp. 38
Key Themesp. 39
The Defining Story of Christp. 39
The Surpassing Knowledge of Christp. 40
The Gracious Work of Godp. 41
Cruciform Livingp. 42
Partnership in the Gospelp. 42
The Approach and Intent of the Commentaryp. 43
Commentaryp. 45
Letter Opening: Philippians 1:1-11p. 45
Greeting (1:1-2)p. 47
Thanksgiving and Prayer (1:3-11)p. 51
Thanksgiving (1:3-8)p. 51
Intercession (1:9-11)p. 56
Paul's Circumstances: An Example of Faithfulness to the Gospel: Philippians 1:12-26p. 63
The Gospel Progresses Through Paul's Imprisonment (1:12-14)p. 65
Christ Is Proclaimed-Through True or False Motives (1:15-18a)p. 67
Christ Is Glorified Through Paul's Living or Dying (1:18b-26)p. 69
Conduct Worthy of the Gospel: Exhortations and Examples: Philippians 1:27-2:18p. 83
An Appeal to Firmness and Unity in the Face of Opposition (1:27-30)p. 84
An Appeal to Unity Through Unselfish Humility (2:1-4)p. 94
An Appeal to the Example of Christ (2:5-11)p. 105
Paul's Exhortation:Adopt the Mind-set of Christ (2:5)p. 110
Christ's Humiliation (2:6-8)p. 112
Christ's Exaltation (2:9-11)p. 119
An Appeal to Obedience (2:12-18)p. 127
Work Out Your Own Salvation by God's Enabling Power (2:12-13)p. 129
Live as God's Holy People in a Dark World (2:14-16)p. 132
Share in Paul's Sacrificial Ministry (2:17-18)p. 136
Two Christlike Examples: Philippians 2:19-30p. 143
Timothy (2:19-24)p. 145
Epaphroditus (2:25-30)p. 147
Standing Firm in the Face of Threats to the Gospel:Warnings and Examples: Philippians 3:1-4:1p. 155
True and False Confidence (3:1-11)p. 155
The Transition (3:1)p. 158
A Warning Against "the Dogs" (3:2-4a)p. 159
Paul's Jewish Pedigree (3:4b-6)p. 162
The Surpassing Value of Knowing Christ (3:7-11)p. 165
Pressing on Toward the Prize (3:12-14)p. 181
Good and Bad Examples (3:15-4:1)p. 189
Adopt a Mature Mind-set (3:15-16)p. 192
Examples to Imitate: Paul and Others like Him (3:17)p. 195
Examples to Avoid: Enemies of the Cross (3:18-19)p. 197
A Heavenly Commonwealth and a Hope for the Future (3:20-21)p. 199
Stand Firm in the Lord (4:1)p. 203
Final Exhortations: Philippians 4:2-9p. 211
An Appeal for Unity (4:2-3)p. 213
A Call to Joy and Peace in All Circumstances (4:4-7)p. 218
A Call to Focus on the Excellent and Follow Paul's Example (4:8-9)p. 222
Concluding Matters: Philippians 4:10-23p. 233
Gratitude for the Philippians' Gift (4:10-20)p. 233
Rejoicing and Contentment (4:10-13)p. 237
A Partnership in Giving and Receiving (4:14-17)p. 241
Gratitude and God's Provision (4:18-20)p. 245
The Letter Closing (4:21-23)p. 251
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