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Philippians [Hardcover]

Gerald F. Hawthorne


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July 15 1983 Word Biblical Commentary (Book 43)

The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. This series emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for the professional theologian and instructor, the seminary or university student, the working minister, and everyone concerned with building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.


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  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (July 15 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849902428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849902420
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.2 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 553 g

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About the Author

Gerald F. Hawthorne is Professor of Greek Emeritus, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, where he served on the faculty from 1953 to 1995. He is the author of The Presence and the Power: The Significance of the Holy Spirit in the Life and Ministry of Jesus and editor, with Ralph P. Martin, of Dictionary of Paul and His Letters. He received the B.A. and M.A. degrees from Wheaton College and the Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete yet fairly brief Sept. 5 2013
By Doug Erlandson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The volume in the Word Biblical Commentary on Philippians was originally written by the late Gerald Hawthorne (professor of Greek at Wheaton College for many years) and was updated and revised by Ralph Martin. All in all, this is a stellar work. Although containing enough technical material for the most scholarly of students, it is also clearly written and straightforward enough that someone without a knowledge of Greek and who is looking to get an overview of the book (or for that matter a particular passage) will be able to use the commentary profitably.

Hawthorne/Martin use their own translation of the text. On the whole it appears to be an accurate rendition of the Greek and is sensitive to those passages where there are alternative translations. (I have not compared the translation in the Hawthorne/Martin edition with the original in any detail, so I can't say just how much revision has taken place in the translation found in the newer edition. However, I sense that they are similar.)

Of the several commentaries on Philippians I own, this is definitely one of the best. I would highly recommend it for anyone looking to do a serious study on this epistle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Verse by Verse Exegesis of Philippians Nov. 9 2007
By Dr. Marc Axelrod - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I occasionally preach from the book of Philippians, and I think that this is my favorite commentary on the book. Martin and Hawthorne have given us a thorough discussion of the Greek text. They show the beautiful chiastic structure of the Christ hymn in Philippians 2:5-11.

I also enjoyed the deep and revealing discussion of the key words in Philippians 1:9-11. After reading this commentary, there's almost no need to consult any of the other heavy duty commentaries, because this one covers the issues so well.

Obrien in the NIGTC series is excellent, but for preaching purposes, this is my favorite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Commentary May 4 2013
By Rob - Published on Amazon.com
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I own several commentaries on Philippians and this is one of my favorite. I especially enjoy Martin's revised notes, it is interesting to read Hawthorne's original work when he disagrees with Martin. I have Martin's commentary on Philippians both are good but Hawthorne is extremely helpful on technicalities with in the Greek so I prefer it over most other Philippian commentaries.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some reservations for this commentary June 21 2012
By Jordan Atkinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Of other WBC New Testament commentaries I have read, Philippians is my least favorite. Like Silva, Hawthorne/Martin offer their own translation. Unlike Silva, Hawthorne/Martin often depart from traditional translations, which in most instances produces far-fetched conclusions. Particularly in the first two chapters of Philippians, Hawthorne/Martin regularly offer differing translations than those given in most English Bibles. Furthermore, Hawthorne/Martin seem to be more amenable to secular scholasticism; they regularly nod to rhetorical criticism, and unlike other conservative commentators who, even hesitatingly, adopt the theory of Rome as being the place of Paul's writing, Hawthorne/Martin adopt the provenance theories of Caesarea and Ephesus, respectively. Furthermore, Hawthorne/Martin occasionally speculate (not edifyingly) as to Paul's psychological state. Coupled with this psychological speculation, Hawthorne/Martin's speculative translations greatly detract from their commentary's hermeneutical value.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Superb Commentary July 9 2011
By Nelson Banuchi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A superb commentary. You will fill the pages of this otherwise short yet scholarly commentary (only 216 pages) with highlighting, underlining, and your own notes, and will be hard-pressed to put it down. It will give you a voracious appetite for a greater understanding of Philippians, as well as the whole Bible, and personal, practical involvement to it's teachings. See also, Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 47a, Hebrews 1-8, Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 47b, Hebrews 9-13 (lane), 450, Hebrews: A Call to Commitment

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