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Stephen E. Fowl
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POD; Published: 11/1/2005
ISBN: 978-0-8028-2551-3
Price: $ 27.50
264 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6.14 x 9.21
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Series: The Two Horizons New Testament Commentary (THNTC)

In this fine new commentary on Paul's letter to the Philippians, Stephen Fowl notes that for the great premodern commentators of the Christian tradition, the literal sense of Scripture is always regulated by theological concerns. Thus, unlike commentaries that simply append theology to historical criticism, Fowl's volume displays disciplined attention to the text of Philippians in ways that enhance rather than frustrate theological inquiry.

While Fowl engages the great scholars of the past, John Chrysostom and Thomas Aquinas among them, he also draws a novel theology of friendship from Paul's letter and unpacks how the teachings of Philippians might be embodied today by Christians in the West.
"Fowl's commentary is a rich resource for Christian scholars and lay people alike. The integration of exegesis and theology is almost seamless — reading it was as much an act of personal worship and spiritual formation as an act of exegetical research."
Reviews in Religion & Theology
"Fowl gives step-by-step translation, commentary and theological reflection of the book of Philippians. . . He does so with gusto and enthusiasm that seeks to present the heart of this Pauline document to the Christian reader. An interesting read!"
Catholic Biblical Quarterly
"Anyone looking for a thoughtful and constructive engagement with this text and the theological issues it raises will find this commentary of great value."
Douglas Harink
— King's University College
"Stephen Fowl writes with deep scholarship, profound theological wisdom, and graceful prose. If all of the commentaries in this series live up to the very high standard set by this one, the church will be blessed with a great gift indeed."
L. Gregory Jones
— Duke Divinity School
"This marvelous book is at once an insightful commentary and a theologically rich essay. Stephen Fowl displays the practical wisdom that he demonstrates to be at the heart of Paul's letter. His book can profitably be studied by reading it straight through as well as by consulting it as a commentary. Fowl's discussions on cultivating a faithful common life and on the theological importance of friendship are especially rich."
Troels Engberg-Pedersen
— University of Copenhagen
"After writing The Story of Christ in the Ethics of Paul and Engaging Scripture, Stephen Fowl was eminently situated to rethink the relationship between historical criticism and theology. Here is the long-awaited result ? a careful, critical commentary on Philippians that simultaneously develops a stimulating new theology of Christian friendship. It is a fascinating blend that will delight many, frustrate some, but leave no one untouched."
Andrew T. Lincoln
— University of Gloucestershire
"Providing an excellent example of what it means to read Scripture theologically, Fowl's commentary on Philippians sets a high standard for what promises to be a very worthwhile series."