The book provides an introduction to Paul’s letter to the Philippians as well as to the history, development, and foundation of the church in Philippi. Eduard Verhoef expertly guides readers through the issues of interpretation surrounding Paul’s letter and also covers the key events of the church with careful reference to the archaeological remains present at Philippi today. What emerges is a careful guide to one of the most important canonical epistles and one of the most important cities in early Christianity. Verhoef draws attention to key artifacts, illuminating the work of Paul. This volume is indispensable for those teaching and studying the book of Philippians and early Christianity.
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“It is said that Dionysus changed his form from a god into a human being as he travelled to Thebes, where his mother had died. This and other stories indicate that the idea of a god who revealed himself in the form of a human being was not unknown to the Philippians.” (Page 11)
“sharing in the gospel from the first day until now” (Page 20)
“Artemis, called Diana in Latin, attracted huge attention in Philippi in later times.” (Page 11)
“Dionysus was venerated in Philippi and its environs as well” (Page 11)
“In the first century ce monuments were erected in Philippi in honour of the Caesarean family, and in the second century temples were even built in their honour. Priests were appointed, holidays were instituted and sacrifices to the Emperor were made. Next to the priests the so-called sexviri Augustales, the six men working in honour of Augustus, played a role in the cult of the Emperor. They were responsible for organizing the celebrations in honour of the Emperor. All inhabitants could participate in these celebrations.” (Page 12)
Mining an extraordinary amount of historical, linguistic, and archaeological research, Verhoef assesses the beginnings of the church at Philippi, then paints a portrait of changes during the next five centuries. For anybody seeking to understand Paul’s epistle of joy, penned while in prison, this is a veritable gold mine.
—The Religious Book Club