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

Format: Digital
Publisher:
, 2011
ISBN: 9780802801432

Overview

Paul’s short, affectionate letter to the Philippians has been much belabored of late by biblical scholars keen to analyze it in light of Greco-Roman letter-writing conventions. Yet Ben Witherington argues that Philippians shouldn’t be read as a letter at all but, rather, as a masterful piece of long-distance oratory—an extension of Paul’s oral speech, dictated to a scribe and meant to be read aloud to its recipients.

With this in mind, Witherington analyzes Philippians in light of Greco-Roman rhetorical conventions, identifying Paul’s purpose, highlighting his main points and his persuasive strategies, and considering how his audience—denizens of a society of limited literacy yet saturated in highly skilled oral rhetoric—would have heard and received Paul’s message.

Offering verse-by-verse commentary, Paul’s Letter to the Philippians is a fantastic addition to the Socio-Rhetorical Commentary Series (8 Vols.) already available in Logos and is perfect for scholars, students, and laity. With our digital format, you can link your favorite Bible to Paul’s Letter to the Philippians for ease of scrolling, and running a Passage Guide search will provide results from Witherington’s work.

Key Features

  • Interprets Paul’s letter in light of its rhetorical content and cultural context
  • Highly accessible yet academic writing style
  • Perfect for pastors, students, professors, and laity

Product Details

  • Title: Paul’s Letter to the Philippians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary
  • Author: Ben Witherington III
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 344

About Ben Witherington III

Ben Witherington III is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, and is on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University, Scotland. Witherington has twice won the Christianity Today best Biblical Studies book-of-the-year award, and his many books include We Have Seen His Glory: A Vision of Kingdom Worship and socio-rhetorical commentaries on Mark, Acts, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philemon, Colossians, Ephesians, and 1 and 2 Thessalonians. He writes a blog at patheos.com and can also be found on the web at benwitherington.com.

  • Title: Paul’s Letter to the Philippians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary
  • Author: Ben Witherington III
  • Series: Socio-Rhetorical Commentary Series
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 2011
  • Logos Release Date: 2012
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. N.T. Philippians › Commentaries; Bible. N.T. Philippians › Socio-rhetorical criticism
  • ISBN: 9780802801432
  • Resource ID: LLS:SORHET71PHP
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2018-12-08T00:33:06Z
Ben Witherington III

Bible scholar Dr. Ben Witherington is considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, and is an elected member of the prestigious Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS), a society dedicated to New Testament studies.

Dr. Witherington is the Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. A graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill, he went on to receive his MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and his PhD from the University of Durham in England. Dr. Witherington has also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. A popular lecturer, Dr. Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges, and biblical meetings—not only in the United States, but also in England, Estonia, Russia, Europe, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Australia. He’s also led tours to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.

Dr. Witherington has written over 40 books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical-studies works by Christianity Today. He also writes for many church and scholarly publications, and is a frequent contributor to the Patheos website.

Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, Dr. Witherington has been seen on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, the Discovery Channel, A&E, and the PAX network.