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Best Bible Commentaries on Philippians

Philippians is the eleventh book of the New Testament. Authorship is traditionally attributed to the Apostle Paul. The letter is addressed to Christians in the city of Philippi. The letter contains encouragement and warning; encouragement toward Christian living and warning against false teaching. Commentaries on Philippians often address the theme of joy in the letter, the effectiveness of the gospel, and the biographical information Paul includes about himself.

The Epistle to the Philippians (NIGTC) by Peter O'Brien

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Accolades:

  • Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Philippians, "the best technical commentary on the Greek...theologically rich"
  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on Philippians
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "technical but enormously useful"
  • Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on Philippians; "the best commentary on the epistle to the Philippians," "very highly recommended"

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From the publisher: "At a time when the study of Greek is curtailed in many schools of theology, we hope that the NIGNT will demonstrate the continuing value of studying the Greek New Testament... the volumes of the NIGNT are for students who want something less technical than a full-scale critical commentary... the supreme aim of this series is to serve those who are engaged in the ministry of the Word of God and thus glorify God's name."

Philippians (WBC) by Gerald F. Hawthorne and Ralph P. Martin

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "helpful Greek exegesis"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Philippians
  • D.A. Carson: "equally accessible to students and pastors"
  • Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Philippians; "for those who would like to consult another resource after checking O’Brien and/or Silva"

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
Paul's Letter to the Philippians (NICNT) by Gordon Fee

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Accolades:

  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a clear and excellent commentary"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Philippians
  • D.A. Carson: "the zest of his prose makes him exciting to read"

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From the publisher: "Written for scholars, pastors, and lay readers alike...undertaken to provide earnest students of the New Testament with an exposition that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship and at the same time loyal to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God."

Philippians (NIVAC) by Frank Thielman

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "outstanding exposition for pastors"
  • Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on Philippians; "useful in the preparation of sermons and lessons"
  • D.A. Carson: "one of the more substantive entries in the series"

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
Philippians (BECNT) by Moises Silva

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  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on Philippians; "the commentary is excellent...he is not so much trying to master the text as to be mastered by it"
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "insightful brief exposition"
  • Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on Philippians; "less technical, yet still very thorough"

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
The Epistle to Philippians (BNTC) by Markus Bockmuehl

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  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on Philippians; "very good...he is as able to wrestle with theological issues as with historical matters"
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a helpful exposition"

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
Paul's Letter to the Philippians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary by Ben Witherington III

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Philippians

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
The Letter to the Philippians (PNTC) by G. Walter Hansen

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Philippians

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
The Message of Philippians (BST) by J.A. Motyer

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  • Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on Philippians; "his love for the word of God and for God who gave His word always shines"

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The "the three distinctives of The Bible Speaks Today series are (1) "BST authors are committed to a serious study of the text in its own integrity," (2) that "expositors should not be antiquarians, living only in the remote past" but suggest application for living, and (3) "each book is intended to be both readable in style and manageable in size."

Philippians (IVPNTC) by Gordon Fee

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
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  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
Philippians (TNTC) by Ralph P. Martin

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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Philippians (MNTC) by John MacArthur

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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Philippians (NIBC) by F.F. Bruce

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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Philippians (Story of God) by Lynn H. Cohick

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Philippians

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
Philippians (REC) by Dennis E. Johnson

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon (For Everyone) by N.T. Wright

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
Philippians (Interpretation) by Fred Craddock

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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Philippians and Philemon (Paideia) by James W. Thompson and Bruce W. Longenecker

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
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  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses