J.B. Lightfoot's classic commentary on the Greek version of Philippians. Contains extensive verse-by-verse exegetical commentary, as well as dissertations on the history and setting of the epistle, the nature of Christian ministry (including the offices of bishop/presbyter and deacon), and speculations concerning St. Paul and the Roman philosopher Seneca.
Dr. Joseph Barber Lightfoot was educated at Cambridge and Oxford, became the Lord Bishop of Durham in the church of England, served as a minister in St. Paul's Cathedral in London, and was Professor of Divinity at Cambridge University. He was also one of the original members of the New Testament Company of Bible Revisers. His other commentaries include volumes on Galatians and Colossians & Philemon.
“St Luke’s narrative represents the Twelve Apostles” (Page 187)
“The duties of the presbyters were twofold. They were both rulers and instructors of the congregation. This double function appears in St Paul’s expression ‘pastors and teachers’6, where, as the form of the original seems to show, the two words describe the same office under different aspects.” (Page 194)
“As late therefore as the year 70 no distinct signs of episcopal government have hitherto appeared in Gentile Christendom.” (Page 201)
“was held to deliberate on the crisis, and to frame measures for the well-being of the Church” (Page 204)
“To all ages of the Church—to our own especially—this epistle reads a great lesson. While we are expending our strength on theological definitions or ecclesiastical rules, it recalls us from these distractions to the very heart and centre of the Gospel—the life of Christ and the life in Christ. Here is the meeting-point of all our differences, the healing of all our feuds, the true life alike of individuals and sects and churches: here doctrine and practice are wedded together; for here is the ‘Creed of creeds’ involved in and arising out of the Work of works.” (Page 73)