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The Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Letter to the Philippians

The Pillar New Testament Commentary: The Letter to the Philippians

G. Walter Hansen

| Eerdmans | 2009

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In this commentary G. Walter Hansen offers rich exposition of the text of Philippians as well as wisdom and maturity in its application. In so doing he emphasizes partnership—the social and corporate dimensions of community—in the progress of the gospel.

After a select bibliography, Hansen‘s introduction sets forth the historical setting of the church in Philippi, the nature and occasion of the letter, and a preview of two key themes—the gospel of Christ and the community in Christ. The commentary itself discusses Philippians in light of these themes, considering Paul‘s greetings, reports of gospel ministry, imperatives for citizens worthy of the gospel, recommendations of two Christ-like servants, and disclosures of his personal experience. Hansen‘s treatment as a whole is distinctive for the way it draws out and highlights the themes of partnership, citizenship, and friendship in Paul‘s Philippian letter.

Author Bio

G. Walter Hansen joined the Fuller faculty in 1995 as associate professor of New Testament and Director of Global Research Institute, which provides fellowships for scholars from the Two-Thirds World. At Fuller, Hansen’s courses include exegetical studies, Interpretation of the Bible, New Testament Ethics, and Second Temple Judaism. He has had several books and articles published on selected subjects of Pauline scholarship. He was pastor of The Chapel in Cleveland, Ohio for eight years and a teacher for six years at Trinity Theological College in Singapore. He serves as a trustee Westmont College, Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, and Rivendell Stewards’ Trust.