Paul's Letter to the Philippians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary

Ben Witherington (Author)

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$39.50  $36.34
William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publish Date
October 06, 2011
6.2 X 1.0 X 9.1 inches | 1.2 pounds

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About the Author

Ben Witherington III is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky. Related kingdom books of his include Imminent Domain: The Story of the Kingdom of God and Its Celebration,


Jerry L. Sumney
-- Lexington Theological Seminary
"Drawing on an impressive range of interpreters (including those who have critiqued his previous work), Ben Witherington provides a careful and helpful reading of Philippians and the issues it addresses. His lucid prose guides both beginning and practiced readers through the argumentative function of each section, consistently affirming that rhetorical criticism is the most appropriate lens for reading Paul's work. At the same time, Witherington's socio-rhetorical method leads him to highlight the ways that seeing the letter in its Greco-Roman and Macedonian social and cultural contexts enriches our understanding. . . . This commentary is certain to become a work that students and teachers will refer to often."

Todd D. Still
-- Truett Seminary, Baylor University
"When a commentator of Ben Witherington's skill, experience, and stature turns his learned eye and directs his limpid prose to Paul's beloved letter to the Philippians, expectations are exceedingly high. This latest installment in Witherington's socio-rhetorical commentary series does not disappoint. . . . His commentary on Philippians is a substantial, serious work that will occupy a place on my bookshelf alongside Bockmuehl and Fee. It is among the finest full-length commentaries presently available in English."

Biblical Theology Bulletin
"This commentary offers readers an introduction to Philippians that would be useful in the context of upper division undergraduate as well as beginning seminary courses."

"There is much to commend about this commentary. Witherington's interpretations are solid and balanced. . . . His insights will surely be valuable to Christian readers of all traditions. . . . This commentary combines right insights into the text with gifted writing. It will be a fine addition to the library of students, pastors, and teachers."

Bulletin for Biblical Research
"Given the breadth of Witherington's knowledge of ancient and modern sources, the wisdom of his pastoral insights, and the liveliness of his prose, this commentary belongs on the shelves of many in the church and in the academy."