Philippians is rightly one of the most popular letters of Paul. Highly quotable verses such as Philippians 1:6; 1:21; 2:5; 3:13-14; 3:20-21; 4:6-7; 4:8; 4:13; and 4:19 are lodged in the minds of many. As such, fresh study of the letter is always enjoyable. I had heard good things about Matthew Harmon’s Philippians commentary, and so I used it in my recent preaching through the letter. Let me say up front, it is truly excellent!
Sometimes the thanksgivings and prayers in the beginnings of Paul’s letters are thought of as mere introductions before the real meat found later. However, they often contain hints of what is to come throughout the letter, and are very rich in themselves.
Gordon Fee has provided one of the best commentaries on Philippians. This is not just my opinion, as it’s #2 on Best Commentaries! Fee has a wonderful mix of top-level scholarship and deep pastoral wisdom and application, which is often lacking in scholarly commentaries.
Moisés Silva’s original commentary on Philippians was so popular that he was able to release a second edition in 2005 as part of the BECNT series. This was my first exposure to a more ‘technical’ commentary, and I have to say it opened up a whole new world for me.