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Discover not only the original meaning of Philippians, but also how Paul's message speaks powerfully today. Discover not only the original meaning of Philippians, but also how Paul's message speaks powerfully today.


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Discover not only the original meaning of Philippians, but also how Paul's message speaks powerfully today. Discover not only the original meaning of Philippians, but also how Paul's message speaks powerfully today.

30 review for Philippians

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Linkous

    Dr. Thielman writes an accessible yet well-informed commentary on Philippians. I'm amazed at how his exegesis, exposition, and application hold up even after nearly 30 years since its publication. Not only is his incredibly judicious in his exegetical discussions, but his prose is strong as well. The reader who isn't as informed into Pauline studies might miss just how careful his comments are in navigating hot button issues in Pauline scholarship. His application and social commentary remarkably Dr. Thielman writes an accessible yet well-informed commentary on Philippians. I'm amazed at how his exegesis, exposition, and application hold up even after nearly 30 years since its publication. Not only is his incredibly judicious in his exegetical discussions, but his prose is strong as well. The reader who isn't as informed into Pauline studies might miss just how careful his comments are in navigating hot button issues in Pauline scholarship. His application and social commentary remarkably applicable, even 30 years later. Dr. Thielman's favorite examples of faithfulness are Dietrich Bonhoeffer and non-American Christians. Several times, he applies his commentary to racial issues (this is in 1995) in ways that may be more resonant in 2022 than when he originally wrote them. I texted some friends while writing, "Evangelical pastors weren't carefully reading Frank Thielman's commentary on Philippians before 2020 and it shows." For those familiar with Frank Thielman as a teacher or author, you understand that such rigorous scholarship, judicious exegesis, and lovingly applicable his writing always his. This commentary was the beginning and it certainly is reflective of the rest of his writing and teaching career.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Philippians is one of the most studied books of scripture due to it’s size and contributions to Pauline theology as well as theology as a whole. While there have been more fuller bodied commentaries in recent years there is one that stands out among the rabble even though it is almost 25 years old. The commentary in question is Philippians of the NIV Application Commentary by Frank Thielman. Thielman is a conservative reformed scholar at Beeson Divinity School and is no stranger to scholarly pur Philippians is one of the most studied books of scripture due to it’s size and contributions to Pauline theology as well as theology as a whole. While there have been more fuller bodied commentaries in recent years there is one that stands out among the rabble even though it is almost 25 years old. The commentary in question is Philippians of the NIV Application Commentary by Frank Thielman. Thielman is a conservative reformed scholar at Beeson Divinity School and is no stranger to scholarly pursuits yet this is his only foray into this stalwart series. Philippians beings with the traditional introduction section, yet due to the structure of the NIVAC the introduction section is kept intentionally short. It is important to note that Thielman does argue for Pauline authorship, and does so with vigor, while taking no prisoners. With regard to the commentary proper Thielman writes with a considerable knowledge base on the original context and audience, yet this does not inhibit his attention to the modern reader and practical application. This commentary is considered my many scholars to be one of the very best New Testament commentaries in the series, that while brief packs a considerable punch. A pastor will find this volume not only helpful but stimulating. This is not a volume that should be missing from a pastor’s librarian or from laymen’s devotional collection. In the end I would recommend this commentary as in mid-level work which will suit the needs of pastors and laymen alike, scholars will appreciate a few of his insights but will want to seek a more up-to-date commentary for higher scholarly pursuits. This book was provided to me free of charge from Zondervan Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    This was a great help in a recent sermon series through Philippians. It was one of my main exegetical references. My most technical and thorough was Hawthorne's Word Commentary on this book, but this was almost as helpful. This was a great help in a recent sermon series through Philippians. It was one of my main exegetical references. My most technical and thorough was Hawthorne's Word Commentary on this book, but this was almost as helpful.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    I continue to gain a remarkable perspective from the NIV commentaries. I appreciate the attention to the original meaning of the text and the information provided to bridge the gap to contemporary application. Frank Thielman is knowledgeable and thorough while remaining accessible.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Travis Agnew

    Thielman's treatment of Philippians stands aligned with the NIV Application Commentary series' goal to bridge the context and give contemporary application. It is a good offering to help the reader understand Philippians better. Thielman's treatment of Philippians stands aligned with the NIV Application Commentary series' goal to bridge the context and give contemporary application. It is a good offering to help the reader understand Philippians better.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    I'd say this is my favorite commentary on Philippians. I feel that Thielman covers this book with vibrancy and freshness. His scholarship is at a high level and his applications helped me to see the practical applications of Philippians. I'd say this is my favorite commentary on Philippians. I feel that Thielman covers this book with vibrancy and freshness. His scholarship is at a high level and his applications helped me to see the practical applications of Philippians.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gerald

    Beautifully insightful. Great devotional commentary!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jay Merrill

    Scholarly yet accessible.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lyndon

    Pretty good commentary. Theilman takes an opposing view as to where St. Paul was when he wrote this letter (most assume the Apostle is in prison in Rome, but Thielman suggests Ephesus).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Daniel R Downing

    Great

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Elliott

    As far as commentaries go this is a pretty good one and was my favorite of the ones I read. I liked the length, format and modern application. My favorite commentaries on Philippians in order: 1. NIVAC-Thielman 2. Paul's Letter to the Philippians-Ben Witherington 3. Paul's Letter to the Philippians-Gordon Fee 4. Tyndale New Testament Commentary-Ralph P. Martin As far as commentaries go this is a pretty good one and was my favorite of the ones I read. I liked the length, format and modern application. My favorite commentaries on Philippians in order: 1. NIVAC-Thielman 2. Paul's Letter to the Philippians-Ben Witherington 3. Paul's Letter to the Philippians-Gordon Fee 4. Tyndale New Testament Commentary-Ralph P. Martin

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Roberts

    In my time getting ready to teach Philippians I kept forcing myself back to this commentary even though many times I disagreed with his handling of a passage or I felt he missed the main point (or at least the point I was getting from The Lord). So this score is a little jaded over all a decent commentary nothing overtly awful just not super helpful for me. (Also reading commentaries from different perspectives is good and I do that, this was some how not as helpful even though our church backgr In my time getting ready to teach Philippians I kept forcing myself back to this commentary even though many times I disagreed with his handling of a passage or I felt he missed the main point (or at least the point I was getting from The Lord). So this score is a little jaded over all a decent commentary nothing overtly awful just not super helpful for me. (Also reading commentaries from different perspectives is good and I do that, this was some how not as helpful even though our church backgrounds are similar)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    I enjoyed walking through Philippians with this helpful and practical commentary.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Very Helpful!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Graham

    Comments coming soon.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Noble

    Philippians: The NIV Application Commentary by Mr. Frank Thielman (?)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Justin Heck

    This has been helpful so far in our journey through Philippians. Very practical.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Peter Newman

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ben

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bill Lawrence

  21. 5 out of 5

    Keith Kirby

  22. 4 out of 5

    John White

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessie Rayos

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chris Dunn

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  26. 5 out of 5

    Phillip Santillan

  27. 5 out of 5

    Teresa K Roberts

  28. 5 out of 5

    Timothy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Joel Rockey

  30. 4 out of 5

    Steve Kroeker

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