In Part 1 of Reed’s Discourse Analysis of Philippians he supplies an introduction to discourse analysis and includes a sketch of its history before presenting a model of its use in analyzing the New Testament. He explains how discourse analysis can be used in systemic-functional linguistics and in the study of presuppositions and functional grammar in the New Testament. In Part 2, Reed carefully details the literary integrity, structure, and texture of Philippians while providing the reader with an introduction to ancient letter writing and epistolary theory. His voluminous citations of papyrus examples help illustrate his points, and two appendices offer more important information for understanding Paul’s letter to the believers in Philippi.
Jeffrey T. Reed holds a bachelor's degree in intercultural studies, a master's degree in Greek, and a PhD in Ancient History and Religion with specialization in Systemic Functional Linguistics from Sheffield University in England. He has published three books and over twenty articles about ancient history, first century religion and linguistics.