The Epistle to the Philippians


Philippi, inscription of the bishop Porphyrios on the floor of Paul’s Basilica : it dates the church ca. 343, the date of the Serdica council, which Porphyrios attended to.

Philippians– NIV archaeological study Bible: An Illustrated walk through Biblical history and culture. (2005). Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan. 9780310938521.

Commonly known as Philippians, the Epistle of Paul to the Philippians is the eleventh book in the New Testament. The Apostle Paul visited the city of Philippi during his second missionary journey (49-51 AD), the home of the first Christian congregation in Europe. This city stood in Northern Greece. This letter was written in Greek.

Honestly, I’m more of a fan of the Gospels than the Pauline Epistles.  Yet, Philippians stands out among the other letters. Perhaps it’s Paul special fondness for this church. Maybe this letter’s cornerstone of Christology makes it rise above the others. Also, I like that the Philippi Church isn’t chided as much. I recalled many of the athletes in high school especially liking Philippians 4:13:

4:13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

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