Upon turning to Christ, Paul considered his past in Judaism and any other legalistic systems of salvation as “crap” (Phil 3:8). At least, that’s how we have heard this passage taught. But did Paul think this way? Are identity markers, such as Torah-observance and circumcision for Jews, really abolished when one follows Christ? Are Christians a “third race,” neither Jew nor Gentile? Christopher Zoccali’s Reading Philippians After Supersessionism reconsiders these assumptions found in Christian tradition and modern scholarship when it comes to Paul’s letter to the Philippians.
Category: Philippians (page 1 of 2)
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.