Philippians

Headline for 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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  • Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Philippians
  • 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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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
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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
  • 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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Paul's Letter to the Philippians (NICNT) by Gordon Fee

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a clear and excellent commentary"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Philippians

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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"

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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Philippians (BECNT) by Moises Silva

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  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on Philippians
  • 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
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The Epistle to Philippians (BNTC) by Markus Bockmuehl

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  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on Philippians
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a helpful exposition"

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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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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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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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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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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Philippians (IVPNTC) by Gordon Fee

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Philippians (TNTC) by Ralph P. Martin

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Philippians (NIBC) by F.F. Bruce

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Philippians (REC) by Dennis E. Johnson

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Philippians (MNTC) by John MacArthur

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Philippians (Interpretation) by Fred Craddock

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Philippians and Philemon (Paideia) by James W. Thompson and Bruce W. Longenecker

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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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Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon (For Everyone) by N.T. Wright

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