Engage Philippians through the fresh literary perspective of rhetorical criticism, and gain insights from recent archaeological discoveries, and a consideration of the “effective” history of the letter through its influence on the church. Gerald Hawthorne reassesses the issues of provenance and identity of Paul’s opponents and places special emphasis on the themes of joy in suffering and life in Christ are fleshed out in great detail.
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Gerald F. Hawthorne (1925–2010) served as a professor of Greek for 42 years at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, as well as chairperson of the Institute for Biblical Research, which he founded. He coedited The Dictionary of Paul and His Letters.