Paul's Letter to the Philippians (NICNT)
Product Description: A scholarly and readable study of Paul's letter to the suffering community of Christians in Philippi. New Testament scholar and textual critic Gordon D. Fee offers us the newest volume in the New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT) series, working directly from the Greek text, with comments from the New International Version (NIV). He provides us with an insightful comparison of Philippians to two well-known types of letters in the Greco-Roman world, friendship letters and letters of moral exhortation, and masterfully sets the letter to the Philippians within the context of the first century. His introduction includes information about the occasion, authenticity, and theological contributions of Philippians. Fee also offers scholarly insights which resolve many of the formal and structural issues that have long puzzled New Testament scholars.
About the Author
Gordon D. Fee is Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
About the Series:
"...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."
This statement reflects the underlying purpose of The New International Commentary on the New Testament. Begun in the late 1940s by an international team of New Testament scholars, the NICNT series has become recognized by pastors, students, and scholars alike as a critical yet orthodox commentary marked by solid biblical scholarship within the evangelical Protestant tradition.
While based on a thorough study of the Greek text, the commentary introductions and expositions contain a minimum of Greek references. The NICNT authors evaluate significant textual problems and take into account the most important exegetical literature. More technical aspects - such as grammatical, textual, and historical problems - are dealt with in footnotes, special notes, and appendixes.
Under the general editorship of three outstanding New Testament scholars - first Ned Stonehouse (Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia), then F. F. Bruce (University of Manchester, England), and now Gordon D. Fee (Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia) - the NICNT series has continued to develop over the years. In order to keep the commentary "new" and conversant with contemporary scholarship, the NICNT volumes have been - and will be - revised or replaced as necessary.
The newer NICNT volumes in particular take into account the role of recent rhetorical and sociological inquiry in elucidating the meaning of the text, and they also exhibit concern for the theology and application of the text. As the NICNT series is ever brought up to date, it will continue to find ongoing usefulness as an established guide to the New Testament text.