Jesus Creed

Jesus Creed

Pastor’s Bookshelf: Philippians

Paul.jpgI’m not keeping up with this commentary list, spending too much of my time doing what Paul seems to be doing to the left, but here goes on Philippians.

The first commentary I consult on Philippians is Gordon Fee, and I do so in part because he’s such a good writer, because he is sensitive to Greek exegesis and because he’s theologically alert to the text for preaching and pastoring: Paul’s Letter to the Philippians (New International Commentary on the New Testament)

The second one I consult is Peter O’Brien, which has all the characteristics of Fee but is five years older: The Epistle to the Philippians: A Commentary on the Greek Text (New International Greek Testament Commentary)

The third one is even a little older and now revised, but a goldmine of accuracy and scholarship, and it was written by G.F. Hawthorne, Philippians: Revised (Word Biblical Commentary)

The big kahuna for Philippians — over 800 pages! — is John Reumann, Philippians (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries)

Recently I came across Dean Fleming, NBBC, Philippians: A Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition (New Beacon Bible Commentary)
, and I have found this commentary clear and useful. This series has three parts to each passage: behind the text, in the text, and from the text.

Some of Ben’s readers have asked me why I don’t mention Ben Witherington III more often. Well, when someone has written a commentary on every NT book, it is unlikely they can be mentioned with those who have spent a decade or more on a book, but Ben’s stuff is very good and highly useful for pastors. On Philippians, here’s Ben’s: Friendship and Finances in Philippi (New Testament in Context)

Comments read comments(7)
post a comment
Michael Metts

posted July 1, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Any thoughts on Silva?

report abuse

Scot McKnight

posted July 1, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Michael, I almost put Moses’ in, but six is enough; seven too many. He’s next for me.

report abuse


posted July 1, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Fee and O’Brien are definitely my top 2, either could be 1st. After that, I really like Bockmuehl’s in the Black’s series. It doesn’t get nearly enough attention, in my opinion.

report abuse


posted July 2, 2009 at 6:41 am

I second danny’s comment about Bockmuehl. It’s an outstanding commentary.

report abuse


posted July 2, 2009 at 2:07 pm

What do you think of Stephen Fowl’s book in the Two Horizons series–and about that series generally?

report abuse

Scot McKnight

posted July 2, 2009 at 2:34 pm

Patrick, I’ve barely looked at it on a shelf. I’ve not used the Two Horizons series and now wish I had a few around here.

report abuse

John W Frye

posted July 2, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Back to Galatians. What do you think of the ICC Galatians by Ernest De Witt Burton. It’s dated I know.
Thanks for doing this series. It is *very* helpful.

report abuse

Post a Comment

By submitting these comments, I agree to the terms of service, rules of conduct and privacy policy (the "agreements"). I understand and agree that any content I post is licensed to and may be used by in accordance with the agreements.

Previous Posts

More Blogs To Enjoy!!!
Thank you for visiting Jesus Creed. This blog is no longer being updated. Please enjoy the archives. Here are some other blogs you may also enjoy: Red Letters with Tom Davis Recent prayer post on Prayables Most Recent Inspiration blog post Happy Reading!  

posted 11:15:58am Aug. 16, 2012 | read full post »

Our Common Prayerbook 30 - 3
Psalm 30 thanks God (vv. 1-3, 11-12) and exhorts others to thank God (vv. 4-5). Both emerge from the concrete reality of David's own experience. Here is what that experience looks like:Step one: David was set on high and was flourishing at the hand of God's bounty (v. 7a).Step two: David became too

posted 12:15:30pm Aug. 31, 2010 | read full post »

Theology After Darwin 1 (RJS)
One of the more important and more difficult pieces of the puzzle as we feel our way forward at the interface of science and faith is the theological implications of discoveries in modern science. A comment on my post Evolution in the Key of D: Deity or Deism noted: ...this reminds me of why I get a

posted 6:01:52am Aug. 31, 2010 | read full post »

Almost Christian 4
Who does well when it comes to passing on the faith to the youth? Studies show two groups do really well: conservative Protestants and Mormons; two groups that don't do well are mainline Protestants and Roman Catholics. Kenda Dean's new book is called Almost Christian: What the Faith of Ou

posted 12:01:53am Aug. 31, 2010 | read full post »

Let's Get Neanderthal!
The Cave Man Diet, or Paleo Diet, is getting attention. (Nothing is said about Culver's at all.) The big omission, I have to admit, is that those folks were hunters -- using spears or smacking some rabbit upside the conk or grabbing a fish or two with their hands ... but that's what makes this diet

posted 2:05:48pm Aug. 30, 2010 | read full post »


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.