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Message of Philippians (The Bible Speaks Today: New Testament)

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If you were in jail, what sort of letter would you write to your Christian friends? Would it focus on the difficulties--the poor food, cramped quarters and lonely isolation? Paul's letter to the Philippians, written from prison, has no hint of self-pity. The letter radiates joy--joy that Christ was proclaimed, joy in fellowship with the Philippian Christians and, above all ...more
Published March 14th 1984 by IVP Academic (first published 1984)
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Jan 08, 2017 Michaela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I am using the book by Jen Wilkin, Women of the Word - how to study the bible with both our hearts and our minds, to study Philippians and I am on the final stage of interpretation and seeking others opinions, after having formed my own ideas.

I found this book massively helpful. It concurred with much I had already concluded and extended and developed my knowledge a great deal. Recently, I normally use commentaries for odd verses and passages that I have trouble to understand, so this is the fi
Tori Samar
I wouldn't typically sit down and read a commentary straight through, but I did so this year for my reading challenge. Overall, I found this commentary readable and enjoyable, filled with good insights from the book of Philippians. I especially liked how Dr. Motyer emphasized the dual realities of God's empowerment and the believer's effort in sanctification. There's no "let go and let God" in Philippians, and Dr. Motyer did a great job drawing out that truth. In terms of critique, I did catch a ...more
Jeremy Burrows
This suffered from being too long winded and having indepth repetitive analysis of very small amounts of text.
David Campton
I actually found this commentary a little frustrating since the series claims to help people to apply the Biblical text, but this was so dry and doctrinaire as to largely rob the book of Philippians of it's self-evident joy. There are some interesting insights in it, and a good bedrock of scholarship, but I would find it difficult to recommend this to anyone (and the study guide adds little).
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Oct 21, 2016 Andrew Roycroft rated it really liked it
Motyer is as surefooted as one would expect for a scholar of his calibre. Any drawbacks I found in his treatment of Philippians stem more from the confines of the BST series' expectations rather than Motyer's own work.
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J. Alec Motyer (M.A., B.D., D.D.) was formerly principal of Trinity College in Bristol, England. He has extensive experience in parish ministry and is well known as a Bible expositor. He is author of The Prophecy of Isaiah, and he is Old Testament editor of IVP's commentary series, The Bible Speaks Today. He has written several volumes in that series.
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