Philippians, 2nd ed. (BECNT)

Philippians, 2nd ed. (BECNT)

Silva, Moisés


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With its user-friendly design, this commentary by Moisés Silva provides a substantive yet accessible discussion of Philippians to help pastors, students, and teachers understand and explain this letter.

Each passage is presented in three parts: Silva's own translation of the Greek text; exegesis and exposition of each unit of thought; and additional notes on textual matters. Throughout the commentary, Silva asks what is distinctive about this letter and shows how each passage contributes to Paul's overall argument.

The second edition has been updated to interact with important recent scholarship on Philippians and to fit the acclaimed BECNT design.

About the Author

Moisés Silva (PhD, University of Manchester) has taught New Testament at Westmont College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

About the Series:

The Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT) series provides commentaries that blend scholarly depth with readability, exegetical detail with sensitivity to the whole, and attention to critical problems with theological relevance.:
  • All volumes feature the author's detailed interaction with the Greek text and are specifically designed with students and pastors in mind.
  • The biblical author's central themes are developed throughout with each exegetical unit being related to the overall development of the biblical book.
  • The user-friendly design includes shaded-text chapter introductions summarizing the key themes of each thought unit.
  • Chapter outlines and overviews allow easy entry into the discussion and aid comprehension and recall.
  • Additional notes comment on unique aspects of a book, problem passages, textual variants, and other critical issues.
With extensive research and thoughtful chapter-by-chapter exegesis, these commentaries will be valued by students, professors, and pastors alike.

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Book Details

272 Pages
Publisher: Baker Book House
Publication Date: February 2005
ISBN 10: 0801026814
ISBN 13: 9780801026812

“Eschewing the encyclopedic approach to commentary writing, Silva has produced an informed and readable work on Philippians. Avoiding unnecessary exegetical rabbit trails in favor of Paul’s main themes, Silva’s analysis is consistently level headed. Long out of print, this second edition provides a new generation of students of the Bible access to Silva’s previous work, combined with his assessment of the past 15 years of scholarship.”
- Matthew Harmon, Westminster Bookstore Staff, April 2005

"A well researched and helpful guide for understanding Paul's letter . . . . One of the best commentaries available on Philippians."
--David E. Garland, Review and Expositor

"One cannot but be impressed with Silva's skill as an exegete. His extreme care in analysing the text, his thorough understanding of the original language, his grasp of linguistic subtleties, his mastery of secondary sources--all combine to provide the reader with an excellent commentary."
--Gerald F. Hawthorne, Themelios

"The exegetical discussion is fresh and vigorous, with good use being made of some of the ancient commentators and a judicious selection of the modern ones . . . . All who want a sound exegetical basis for their preaching and are prepared to wrestle with the Greek text will find that this is an ideal piece of work."
--I. Howard Marshall, Evangelical Quarterly

"An attractive exegesis of the letter with the minimum of distractions, yet in dialogue with other scholars."
--Expository Times

"Silva has produced an informed and readable work on Philippians. Avoiding unnecessary exegetical rabbit trails in favor of Paul's main themes, Silva's analysis is consistently level-headed. . . . This second edition in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament provides a new generation of Bible students access to Silva's previous work, combined with his assessment of the past 15 years of scholarship."
--Modern Reformation

"Pastors and teachers will appreciate this excellent conservative commentary on the Epistle to the Philippians."
--Roy B. Zuck, Bibliotheca Sacra

"Silva has expanded his already thorough and clearly exegeted treatment of Philippians. The second edition, now a part of the scholarly and user-friendly Baker Exegetical Commentary series has much to be commended. Silva has here interacted with more recent works since his first edition. Furthermore, this commentary has a very clear and concise outline; its concision makes it very useful for exegetes and expositors alike. . . . Silva's commentary on Philippians is a jewel. It has the 'additional comments' section unique to the Baker Exegetical Series which deals with word studies, text-critical issues, and further exegetical insights. This section can contain lengthy commentary but even then it can be helpful. Silva gives good outlines; they are not very flowery or 'preachy,' but they are biblical. His insight into the theology of most passages in Philippians is astute, well presented, and very useful. This is the type of commentary into which more preachers need to dig."
--Melton Winstead, Faith & Mission

"This second edition . . . updates the volume to reflect the last thirteen years of scholarship on Philippians as well as conforms it to the style of other BECNT volumes. Moises Silva is a noted scholar with an expertise in Pauling writings as well as hermeneutics. . . . A real strength of this commentary is that Silva's interpretation of each passage is carefully connected to the context of the letter--which, importantly, Silva views as a cohesive whole. This interpretive method is especially helpful in dealing with highly-debated passages. . . . While this commentary delves deeply into textual matters, it is geared both to the pastor/teacher as well as the scholar. . . . The Works Cited and four indices are very helpful. . . . The exegesis and exposition is excellent, the interaction with other important commentaries on Philippians is admirable, and the handling of difficult passages is careful and commendable. Silva does not hesitate to differ with other scholars, but he does so respectfully, and he stays within an evangelical framework. . . . This book remains an excellent commentary on Philippians and is worthy of the BECNT series."
--James R. Wicker, Southwestern Journal of Theology