Designed to make the latest scholarship on Philippians accessible to a broader readership, this commentary brings to life both the letter's historical setting and its vigorously theological purpose. A number of important recent studies of the social and religious context of first-century Philippi are considered here for the first time in a commentary, and the author offers a critical engagement with several of the newer approaches to Pauline interpretation, including questions of rhetoric and social convention. Theological highlights include the themes of Christian joy in all circumstances, the Philippians' active stake-holding partnership in the gospel, and above all the pervasive passion for a union with Christ in following his self-humbling example of service. Giving due attention both to the theological heritage of Paul's Jewish background and to the Greco-Roman social and religious setting of his readership, this commentary relates a well-grounded understanding of the letter's first-century impact to the wider concerns of Christian theology.
Markus Bockmuehl presently serves as Lecturer in Divinity, Cambridge University. The author of numerous scholarly articles, he also wrote Revelation and Mystery in Ancient Judaism and Pauline Christianity and This Jesus: Martyr, Lord, Messiah, available from Logos as part of Studies in Jesus and the Gospels (23 Vols.). He is the translator and editor of Introduction to the Talmud and Midrash (2nd ed.), and is presently working on Halakhah in the Synoptics and Acts for the prestigious Compendia Rerum Iudaicarum ad Novum Testamentum series.