Bibliography: Philippians


Cousar, Charles B. Reading Galatians, Philippians, and 1 Thessalonians: A Literary and Theological Commentary. RNTS. Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 2001.

Donfried, Karl P., and I. Howard Marshall. The Theology of the Shorter Pauline Letters. NTT. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Hawthorne, Gerald F. Word Biblical Themes: Philippians. Dallas: Word, 1987.

Kuschel, H. J. Philippians, Colossians, Philemon. Rev. ed. People’s Bible Commentary. St. Louis: Concordia, 2005.

Osiek, Carolyn. Philippians and Philemon. ANTC. Nashville: Abingdon, 2000.

Witherington, Ben, III. Friendship and Finances in Philippi: The Letter of Paul to the Philippians. NTC. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 1994.

Wright, Tom. Paul for Everyone: The Prison Letters. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2002.

Critical Commentaries

Beare, Francis W. The Epistle to the Philippians. BNTC. 3rd ed. London: Black, 1973.

Bockmuehl, Marcus N. A. The Epistle to the Philippians. BNTC 11. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1998.

Bruce, F. F. Philippians. NIBC. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1995.

Fee, Gordon D. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. NICNT. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.

Fowl, Stephen. A Commentary on Philippians. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005.

Hawthorne, Gerald F. Philippians. Rev. ed. WBC 43. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2004.

Koenig, John. Philippians, Philemon. ACNT. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1985.

O’Brien, Peter T. The Epistle to the Philippians: A Commentary on the Greek Text. NIGTC. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1991.

Reumann, John H. P. Philippians. AB. New York: Doubleday, 2009.

Silva, Moisés. Philippians. 2nd ed. BECNT. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005.

Thurston, Bonnie B., and Judith Ryan. Philippians and Philemon. SP. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2005.

Ancient Philippi

Bakirtzis, Charalambos, and Helmut Koester, eds. Philippi at the Time of Paul and after His Death. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 1998.

The Prison Setting

Caird, G. B. Paul’s Letters from Prison. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1976.

Cassidy, Richard J. Paul in Chains: Roman Imprisonment and the Letters of St. Paul. New York: Herder & Herder, 2001.

Houlden, J. L. Paul’s Letters from Prison. London: SCM, 1977.

Rapske, Brian. The Book of Acts and Paul in Roman Custody. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994.

Wansink, Craig S. Chained in Christ: The Experience and Rhetoric of Paul’s Imprisonments. JSNTSup 130. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996.

Provenance: Where Was Philippians Written?

Arguments That Favor Rome

O’Brien, Peter. “Date and Place of Writing.” In The Epistle to the Philippians: A Commentary on the Greek Text, 19–26. NIGTC. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1991.

Arguments That Favor Ephesus

Brown, Raymond. An Introduction to the New Testament, 493–96 ABRL. New York: Doubleday, 1996.

Arguments That Favor Caesarea

Hawthorne, Gerald F. Philippians, xli–xliv. WBC 43. Dallas: Word, 1983.

Paul’s Relationship with the Philippians

Peterman, G. W. Paul’s Gift from Philippi: Conventions of Gift-Exchange and Christian Giving. SNTSMS 92. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Sampley, J. Paul. Pauline Partnership in Christ: Christian Community and Commitment in Light of Roman Law. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1980.

Specific Problems in the Philippian Community

De Vos, Craig Stephen. Church and Community Conflicts: The Relationships of the Thessalonian, Corinthian, and Philippian Churches with Their Wider Civic Communities, 231–87. SBLDS 168. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1997.

Holloway, Paul A. Consolation in Philippians: Philosophical Sources and Rhetorical Strategy. SNTSMS 112. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Oakes, Peter. Philippians: From People to Letter. SNTSMS 110. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Peterlin, Davorin. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians in Light of Disunity in the Church. NovTSup 79. Leiden: Brill, 1995.

Williams, Demetrius K. Enemies of the Cross of Christ: The Terminology of the Cross and Conflict in Philippians. JSNTSup 223. New York: Sheffield Academic Press, 2002.

The “Christ Hymn”

Hellerman, Joseph H. Reconstructing Honor in Roman Philippi: Carmen Christi as Cursus Pudorum. SNTSMS 132. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Martin, Ralph P. A Hymn of Christ: Philippians 2:5–11 in Recent Study and in the Setting of Early Christian Worship. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1997.

Martin, Ralph P., and Brian J. Dodd, eds. Where Christology Began: Essays on Philippians 2. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1998.

Park, M. Sydney. Submission within the Godhead and the Church in the Epistle to the Philippians: An Exegetical and Theological Examination of the Concept of Submission in Philippians 2 and 3. LNTS 361. London: T&T Clark, 2007.

Sanders, Jack T. The New Testament Christological Hymns. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1971.

Theme of Friendship in Philippians and in Antiquity

Fitzgerald, J. T., ed. Friendship, Flattery, and Frankness of Speech: Studies on Friendship in the New Testament World. NovTSup 82. Leiden: Brill, 1996.

Value of Suffering

Bloomquist, Gregory. The Function of Suffering in Philippians. JSNTSup 78. Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1993.

Jervis, L. Ann. At the Heart of the Gospel: Suffering in the Earliest Christian Message. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.

Smith, Barry D. Paul’s Seven Explanations of the Suffering of the Righteous. SBL 47. New York: Peter Lang, 2002.

Paul as Role Model

Castelli, Elizabeth A. Imitating Paul: A Discourse of Power. LCBI. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1991.

Other Academic Studies

Marchal, Joseph A. Hierarchy, Unity, and Imitation: A Feminist Rhetorical Analysis of Power Dynamics in Paul’s Letter to the Philippians. SBLAcBib 24. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2006.

Porfaix, L. Sisters Rejoice: Paul’s Letter to the Philippians and Luke-Acts as Received by First-Century Philippian Women. ConBNT 20. Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell, 1988.

Smith, James A. Marks of an Apostle: Deconstruction, Philippians, and Problematizing Pauline Theology. SBLSS 53. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2005.

Tellbe, Mikael. Paul between Synagogue and State: Christians, Jews, and Civic Authorities in 1 Thessalonians, Romans, and Philippians. ConBNT 34. Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell, 2001.

Ware, James. The Mission of the Church in Paul’s Letter to the Philippians in the Context of Ancient Judaism. NovTSup 120. Leiden: Brill, 2005.