Paul's Letter to the Philippians (New International Commentary On The New Testament Series)
Prepared by some of the world's leading evangelical scholars, the NEW INTERNATIONAL COMMENTARY ON THE NEW TESTAMENT series provides an exposition of the New Testament books that is thorough and fully abreast of modern scholarship yet faithful to the Scriptures...
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Prepared by some of the world's leading evangelical scholars, the NEW INTERNATIONAL COMMENTARY ON THE NEW TESTAMENT series provides an exposition of the New Testament books that is thorough and fully abreast of modern scholarship yet faithful to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God. Gordon Fee's volume on Paul's letter to the suffering Christians in Philippi is written primarily for pastors and students. Fee's verse-by-verse commentary is uncluttered by technical discussions and offers suggestions for practical application throughout. 543 pages, from Eerdmans.
This commentary by respected New Testament scholar Gordon D. Fee is a scholarly yet thoroughly readable study of Paul's letter to the suffering community of believers in Philippi. Working directly from the Greek text but basing his comments on the New International Version, Fee sets Paul's letter to the Philippians squarely within the context of first-century "friendship" and "moral exhortation" to a church facing opposition because of its loyalty to Jesus Christ. At the same time Fee gives equal concern to the letter's theological and spiritual relevance. Important features of this commentary include a remarkable comparison of Philippians to two well-known types of letters in the Greco-Roman world: the letter of friendship and the letter of moral exhortation; an introduction that discusses the occasion, authenticity, and theological contributions of Philippians; and scholarly insights that resolve many of the formal and structural issues that have long puzzled New Testament scholars.
" . . . undertaken to provide earnest students of the New Testament with an exposition that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship and at the same time loyal to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God. "This statement reflects the underlying purpose of The New International Commentary on the New Testament. Begun in the late 1940s by an international team of New Testament scholars, the NICNT series has become recognized by pastors, students, and scholars alike as a critical yet orthodox commentary marked by solid biblical scholarship within the evangelical Protestant tradition.
While based on a thorough study of the Greek text, the commentary introductions and expositions contain a minimum of Greek references. The NICNT authors evaluate significant textual problems and take into account the most important exegetical literature. More technical aspects -- such as grammatical, textual, and historical problems -- are dealt with in footnotes, special notes, and appendixes.
Under the general editorship of three outstanding New Testament scholars -- first Ned Stonehouse (Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia), then F. F. Bruce (University of Manchester, England), and now Gordon D. Fee (Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia) -- the NICNT series has continued to develop over the years. In order to keep the commentary new and conversant with contemporary scholarship, the NICNT volumes have been -- and will be -- revised or replaced as necessary.
The newer NICNT volumes in particular take into account the role of recent rhetorical and sociological inquiry in elucidating the meaning of the text, and they also exhibit concern for the theology and application of the text. As the NICNT series is ever brought up to date, it will continue to find ongoing usefulness as an established guide to the New Testament text.
Gordon D. Fee (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is Emeritus Professor of New Testament at Regent College, Vancouver, Canada specializing in New Testament criticism.
He has authored commentaries on 1 Corinthians; 1 and 2 Thessalonians (NICNT), Philippians (IVPNTC/ NICNT); Galatians (The Pentecostal Commentary); Revelation (New Covenant Commentary) and the Pastoral Epistles (NIBC), as well as books on exegesis, hermeneutics and the Holy Spirit.
These include the bestsellers How To Read the Bible for all its Worth (with Douglas K. Stuart, Zondervan); How to Read the Bible Book by Book: A Guided Tour (Zondervan).
Dr Fee has made a major contribution to Academic Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism serving as Editor of the New International Commentary on the New Testament, and through his major academic commentaries and pioneering books God's Empowering Presence and Pauline Christology: An Exegetical-Theological Study.
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