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New International Biblical Commentary: Philippians (New Testament Series) Paperback – August 1, 1989

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Expert help for understanding the Bible

Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. They present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Greek transliterated. Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical comments for those who want to dig deeper. A bibliography as well as Scripture and subject indexes are also included. Pastors, students, and Bible teachers will find in this series a commitment to accessibility without sacrificing serious scholarship.

The letter from Paul known as the "epistle of joy" is a thank-you note to the believers at Philippi for their help in his hour of need, and also provides instruction them on Christian unity. His central thought is simple: only in Jesus are real unity and joy possible. This commentary pulls the rich truth from this letter and makes it live for us today.

F. F. Bruce (1910-1990) was a lecturer in Greek at the Universities of Edinburgh and Leeds, then Head of the new Department of Biblical History and Literature at Sheffield University. He was Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester from 1959 until his retirement in 1978. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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†F. F. Bruce was Professor Emeritus at the University of Manchester and a well-known author of numerous articles, books, and major commentaries.


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Product Details

  • Series: New International Biblical Com (New) (Quality) (Book 11)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc. (August 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 094357515X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943575155
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,116,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David A. Bielby VINE VOICE on October 23, 2005
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This exegetical gem summarizes the key points in plain english for almost any pastor or teacher/student to use. Yet he carefully deals with the exegetical issues so that one gains insight from nuances of the Greek text. For example, in Philippians 3 Bruce gives footnotes for the term translated as refuse or dung in most versions. There are several key points like this for every paragraph throughout the book....but they are always footnoted at the end of each section so it is easy to read the regular comments...actually a joy in comparison to many commentaries which have a lot of technical information on almost every line. It reminds me of Moo's massive work on Romans (NICNT) except much shorter and stripped down to just the meat. He explains the Greek word and demonstrates it's significance in the footnotes for the paragraph. The regular comments are basically free of Greek terminology, so anyone can catch what he's saying. Yet as a pastor who exegetes the Greek NT for sermons on a regular basis I found his comments are as insightful as any other commentary I've read on Philippians. So if one is short of time and unable to read the longer commentaries like Fee or Silva, then this concise volume will help you identify and assess and interpret the key issues for every paragraph.

So the way I use this volume is for the exegetical portion of sermon development when I do not have a lot of time. If one is behind in their sermon development he can help you catch up with a minimum of reading (ever been there?). For application, he has many kernals that are good, but his phraseology doesn't preach as well as some other commentators like Thielman or Motyer who seem to provide 'preachable' terminology more frequently in my experience.
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Another quality work by F. F. Bruce. This was a required textbook for a course I took, but it was also an interesting read. If you are interested in learning more about Philippians and its message, then this book is one you will want to add to your library. It's scholarly, but not stuffy like many other academic books can be. I recommend it!
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Everything I expected. Well written and many helpful insights into the book of Philippians.
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