Letter to the Philippians Reading Room

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Reading the Letter to the Philippians

Reading the Commentaries


Commentaries: Popular; Bible Studies

Commentaries: Pre-1919

Introductory Chapters on Philippians

  • Aune, David E. "Philippians, Letter to." In: The Westminster Dictionary of New Testament and Early Christian Literature. Westminster John Knox. Pp. 356-359.
  • Barton, Bruce L. "Philippians, Life Application New Testament Commentary,Tyndale House, 2001. Pp. 837-864.
  • Bloomberg, Craig L. "Philippians: Rejoice in all Circumstances," From Pentecost to Patmos: An Introduction to Acts Through Revelation. B.& H., 2006, pp. 325-342
  • Borchert, G. L. "Philippians, Epistle to," "Philippi," in International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, vol. III: K-P. Ed. G. W. Bromiley. 2nd Revised Edition. Eerdmans, 1995. Pp. 836-; 834-841.
  • Collins, Raymond F. "The Letter to the Philippians," The Power of Images in Paul. Liturgical Press, 2008. Pp. 40-67.
  • Cosby, Michael. "Philippians: Thanks for the Money," Apostle on the Edge: An Inductive Approach to Paul Westminster Knox, 2009. Pp. 187-198.
  • Craddock, Fred B., and Eugene Boring. "The Letter of Paul to the Philippians," The People's New Testament Commentary. Westminster John Knox, 2004. Pp. 612-623.
  • Gurtner, David. "Introduction to Philippians." The Bible Knowledge Background Commentary: Acts-Philemon. Ed. Craig A. Evans. David C. Cook, 2004. Pp. 569-586
  • Hartog, Paul. "Philippians." In: David E. Aune, ed. Blackwell Companion to the New Testament. John Wiley and Sons, 2009. Ch. 26, pp. 475-488 (pdf; copy 1 and copy 2); with annotated bibliography.
  • Havener, Ivan. "Philippians," in The Collegeville Bible Commentary, ed. R. J. Karris and D. Bergant. Liturgical Press, 1992.
  • Hawthorne, Gerald F. "Philippians, The Letter of Paul to the," The Oxford Companion to the Bible. B. M. Metzger and M. D. Coogan, eds. Oxford University Press, 1993 [Tyndale community only--Oxford  Reference Online Premium].
  • Hooker, Morna. "Philippians." In: The Cambridge Companion to St. Paul, James D. G. Dunn, ed. Cambridge University Press, 2003. Ch. 7, pp. 105-115. (Tyndale students have access to full-text with Cambridge Collections Online).
  • Hughes, Robert B., and J.C. Laney. "Philippians," Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary, ed. R.B. Hughes and J.C. Laney. Tyndale House, 2001, pp. 599-607.
  • Karrer, Martin. "Philippians, Epistle to," Encyclopedia of Christianity, Vol. 4. Erwin Fahlbusch, ed. G.W. Bromiley, trans. Brill/Eerdmans, 2005. Pp.179-181.
  • Keener, Craig S. "Philippians," IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament. InterVarsity, 1993. Pp. 556-582.
  • Koperski, Veronika.  "Philippians, Epistle to," New Catholic Encyclopedia, vol. 11, 2nd ed. Gale, 2003. Pp. 252-254. [Tyndale students only]
  • Köster, Helmut. "The Letters to the Philippians," Introducton to the New Testament. de Gryter, 2000. Pp. 136-138.
  • Köstenberger, A. J., L. S. Kellum, and C. Quarles. "Philippians," The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown : An Introduction to the New Testament.  B. & H., 2009. Pp. 558-578.
  • Marshall, I. Howard. "The Letter to the Philippians," New Testament theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel. InterVarsity, 2004. Ch. 13, pp. 344-361 (see also "The Letter to the Philippians," A Concise New Testament Theology. InterVarsity, 2008. Ch. 12, pp. 132-138).
  • Perkins, Pheme. "Paul's Missionary Associates: Philippians," Reading the New Testament: An Introduction. Paulist Press, 1988. Pp. 154-159.
  • Polhill, John. "Philippians: Partnership in the Gospel." Paul and His Letters. Nashville, TN: B. & H., 1999. Pp. 158-179.
  • Ramsey, William. "Philippians," Westminster Theological Wordbook of the Bible, D. E. Gowan, ed. Westminster John Knox, 2003. Pp. 441-445.
  • Vander Heeren, Achille. "Epistle to the Philippians." The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 12. Robert Appleton Co., 1911.

Monographs / Dissertations on Aspects of Philippians

Academic Articles / Chapters on Aspects of Philippians

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