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Philippians

Believers Church Bible Commentary
Philippians

By author: Gordon Zerbe
Product Code: 00332
ISBN: 9781513800332
Binding Information: Paperback / softback
Size: 8.50 x 5.50 inches

Publication Date: 11/1/2016
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What if rather than only reading Philippians, we allowed Philippians to read us? In this 31st volume in the Believers Church Bible Commentary series, New Testament scholar Gordon Zerbe challenges readers to allow Paul’s prison letter to interpret our own lives—not by extracting lessons out of historical and cultural context but by imagining ourselves into the ancient Roman world . . . and back again.

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  • Series Forward
  • Author’s Preface
  • Abbreviations/Symbols/Glossary
  • Introduction
  • The First Reception of Philippians
  • Receiving Philippians Today
  • Letter from Prison: A Shared Struggle
  • Roman Philippi
  • Profile and Circumstance of the Assembly in Philippi
  • A Multi-Layered Letter: Deeply Spiritual, Warmly Communal, Profoundly Political
  • Paul’s Rhetoric: The Primacy of Exemplary Models
  • The Structure of Philippians
  • Translating Philippians
  • Address and Grace-Peace Blessing, 1:1-2
  • * Christos (Messiah) as Theopolitical Title
  • * God as Father
  • * The Name Paul
  • * Leadership Roles in Early Christianity
  • + The Figure of Paul: Assumptions and Perspectives
  • + Slavery as Institution and Metaphor
  • + Philippi, Philippians, Philippines
  • Thanksgiving and Prayer, 1:3-11
  • * The Gospel (Announcement of a Good Message): A Theopolitical Term
  • * Koinonia in Philippians and the Rest of Paul’s Writings
  • * Charis (Grace) as Mutual Aid
  • * Joy and Rejoicing in Philippians
  • + Letter and Liturgy: Intercessory Prayer
  • Disclosure: The Gospel’s Advance and Paul’s Confidence despite Adversity, 1:12-26
  • * Paul’s Imprisonment: Accusers and Accusations
  • * Factionalism and Rivalry in the Location of Paul’s Imprisonment
  • * A Retrospective Allusion to Paul’s Trial in Romans
  • * Echoes of Scripture
  • * What Happens after Death?
  • + Heralding the Gospel
  • + Letters from Prison as Genre
  • Exhortation I: Practicing Messianic Citizenship, Part I, 1:27–2:18
  • Overview and Outline
  • Being a Citizen Body Worthy of the Gospel of Messiah, 1:27-30
  • * Paul’s Theology of Suffering
  • + Christian Practice and Identity as a “Citizenship” in Early Christianity
  • + The Politics of Translation
  • + Philippians in Anabaptist Writings: Suffering and Letters from Prison
  • A Citizen Body Marked by Unity and Status Inversion, 2:1-5
  • * Habits of the Mind in Philippians
  • * Minding the Same/One Thing
  • * Status Inversion: The Reconstruction of Honor and Shame
  • + Ethos and Pathos in Persuasive Strategies
  • Encomium to Messiah: Self-Emptied Divinity and Exalted Slave, 2:6-11
  • * Paul and the Earthly Life of Jesus
  • * Imitating Messiah: Messiah as Model in Paul
  • * The Biblical Pattern of Humiliation-Exaltation
  • * Christological Formulae in Paul’s Letters
  • * Messiah’s Epic Career in Paul’s Letters
  • + Philippians 2:6-11 in Christian Creeds and Confessions
  • The Citizen Community’s Role in the Drama of Salvation: Obedience, Empowerment, Unity, Witness, Mutual Joy, 2:12-18
  • * Divine-Human Synergy
  • * Willing and Doing/Enabling
  • * Sacrificial Imagery in 2:17
  • + Works and Grace in the Salvation Drama: The Anabaptist Contribution
  • + A City Set on a Hill: Mission as Alternative Community Formation
  • + Is Paul’s Theopolitical Vision Sectarian, Escapist or Exclusivist?
  • Travel Talk Interlude: Timothy and Epaphroditus as Models of Messianic Citizenship, 2:19-30
  • * Networking and Travel-Talk
  • * Timothy
  • + Paul’s Military Imagery and Language
  • + Messianic Medals of Honor?
  • Exhortation II: Practicing Messianic Citizenship, Part II, 3:1–4:9
  • Overview and Outline
  • Messianic-Israelite Citizenship contrasted with (Roman) Adversaries, 3:1-3
  • * Boasting and Being Confident in Paul’s Letters
  • + Is Paul’s Depiction of Adversaries “Violent” (3:2)?
  • + Contemporizing the Opponents in Philippians 3
  • Demonstrating Messianic Citizenship: The Model of Paul, 3:4-17
  • * Why Does Paul use Israelite-Judean Citizenship Symbols?
  • * Becoming Messianic Citizens: Re-birthing and Re-socialization
  • * The Fidelity of Messiah
  • * Knowing and Being Known
  • + Preaching Downward Mobility: Are There Limits?
  • Contrasting Citizenships and Destinies, 3:18–4:1
  • * Messiah’s Final Victory in Paul’s Vocabulary
  • + The Renewal of the World, not the End of the World
  • + Transformation of Bodies: Physicality as the Site of God’s Redemption
  • + Christian Citizenship as Patriotic Cosmopolitanism, not Dual Citizenship
  • + Philippians in Anabaptist-Mennonite Confessions of Faith: Politics
  • Closing Exhortations, 4:2-9
  • * Women Leaders and Coworkers in Paul’s Assemblies
  • * God of Peace, Peace of God
  • * Inward Peace, Outward Peace
  • * Echoes of the Sermon on the Mount
  • + Mediators in the Church
  • + Nearness and Agency: Engaging Paul’s Visionary Passion
  • + The Integration of Head, Heart, and Hands: Communal Cognition, Affect, and Behavior
  • Concluding Celebration of Partnership and God’s Rich Provision: Receipt, Commendation and Clarification for the Assistance received, 4:10-20
  • * Patterns of Mutualism in Paul’s Assemblies
  • * Partnership Parallels between Philippians and Philemon
  • + Economic Mutuality as Partnership, Duty and Obligation
  • Closing Greetings and Grace Blessing, 4:21-23
  • + Paul on Citizenship and Politics: Concluding Reflections
  • Essays
  • Circumstance of the Messianic Assembly (Church) in Philippi
  • Citizenship, Ancient and Modern
  • Critical Questions regarding Philippians 2:6-11
  • Date and Place of Writing
  • Harpagmos
  • History of the Assembly in Philippi
  • Literary Integrity of Philippians
  • Love of Honor in Roman Society
  • Opponents in Philippians
  • Profile of the Assembly in Philippi
  • Roman Imperial Cult
  • Roman Imperial Propaganda: The Gospel of Augustus
  • Syzygus
  • Map of the New Testament World
  • Bibliography
  • Index of Ancient Sources
  • The Author

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