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Skeptical of the trend among many biblical scholars to analyze Paul's short, affectionate letter to the Philippians in light of Greco-Roman letter-writing conventions, Ben Witherington instead looks at Philippians as a masterful piece of long-distance oratory--an extension of Paul's speech, dictated to a scribe and meant to be read aloud to its recipients.

In Paul's letter to the Philippians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary Witherington examines Paul's short but powerful letter in light of Greco-Roman rhetorical conventions, identifying Paul's purpose, highlighting his main points and his persuasive strategies, and considering how his original audience would have heard and received Paul's message.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 344
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802801439
ISBN-13: 9780802801432
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Series: Socio-Rhetorical Commentary

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Interprets Paul’s letter in light of its rhetorical content and cultural context

Skeptical of the trend among many biblical scholars to analyze Paul’s short, affectionate letter to the Philippians in light of Greco-Roman letter-writing conventions, Ben Witherington instead looks at Philippians 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. Witherington examines Philippians in light of Greco-Roman rhetorical conventions, identifying Paul’s purpose, highlighting his main points and his persuasive strategies, and considering how his original audience would have heard and received Paul’s message.

Author Bio

Ben Witherington III is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky. Related "kingdom" books of his include Imminent Domain: The Story of the Kingdom of God and Its Celebration,

Endorsements

When a commentator of Ben Witherington’s skill, experience, and stature turns his learned eye and directs his limpid prose to Paul’s beloved letter to the Philippians, expectations are exceedingly high. This latest installment in Witherington’s socio-rhetorical commentary series does not disappoint...His commentary on Philippians is a substantial, serious work that will occupy a place on my bookshelf alongside Bockmuehl and Fee. It is among the finest full-length commentaries presently available in English.
-Todd D. Still
Truett Seminary, Baylor University

Drawing on an impressive range of interpreters (including those who have critiqued his previous work), Ben Witherington provides a careful and helpful reading of Philippians and the issues it addresses. His lucid prose guides both beginning and practiced readers through the argumentative function of each section, consistently affirming that rhetorical criticism is the most appropriate lens for reading Paul’s work. At the same time, Witherington’s socio-rhetorical method leads him to highlight the ways that seeing the letter in its Greco-Roman and Macedonian social and cultural contexts enriches our understanding...This commentary is certain to become a work that students and teachers will refer to often.
-Jerry L. Sumney,
Lexington Theological Seminary

Editorial Reviews

Todd D. Still
— Truett Seminary, Baylor University
"When a commentator of Ben Witherington’s skill, experience, and stature turns his learned eye and directs his limpid prose to Paul’s beloved letter to the Philippians, expectations are exceedingly high. This latest installment in Witherington’s socio-rhetorical commentary series does not disappoint. . . . His commentary on Philippians is a substantial, serious work that will occupy a place on my bookshelf alongside Bockmuehl and Fee. It is among the finest full-length commentaries presently available in English."

Jerry L. Sumney
— Lexington Theological Seminary
"Drawing on an impressive range of interpreters (including those who have critiqued his previous work), Ben Witherington provides a careful and helpful reading of Philippians and the issues it addresses. His lucid prose guides both beginning and practiced readers through the argumentative function of each section, consistently affirming that rhetorical criticism is the most appropriate lens for reading Paul’s work. At the same time, Witherington’s socio-rhetorical method leads him to highlight the ways that seeing the letter in its Greco-Roman and Macedonian social and cultural contexts enriches our understanding. . . . This commentary is certain to become a work that students and teachers will refer to often."

Biblical Theology Bulletin 
"This commentary offers readers an introduction to Philippians that would be useful in the context of upper division undergraduate as well as beginning seminary courses."
 

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