Essay on Introduction to Philippians

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Introduction to Philippians With possibly fourteen of the twenty-seven books in the New Testament, and no less than seven attributed to him, the Apostle Paul of Tarsus undoubtedly altered and continues to alter the course of Christianity. Through his extensive mission work, preaching, and letter writing, Paul has left behind an immense legacy that few people in history can compare to. To this day, some two thousand years later, Paul and his writings are extensively researched, discussed, and debated across all of Christianity and much of the non-Christian world. For most practicing Christians, Paul’s teachings from his letters hold extreme weight and significance in their attempt to follow the teachings and life of Jesus in conjunction …show more content…
1:7, 1:13) There are three accepted theories on the date of the penning of Philippians. The most widely accepted date of writing is from AD 60 to AD 62, where Paul would have been imprisoned in Rome, as depicted in Acts 28. Burge, Cohick, and Green describe the strong argument for an early AD 60’s writing: “In the second century, the Latin prologue to this book [Philippians] identified Rome as the place of composition, as do the postscripts added to a number of New Testament manuscripts.” (358) Furthermore, the three authors also explain that when Paul writes of the palace guard in the letter to Philippi, he uses the word for Caesar’s personal guards in the original Greek manuscripts in Philippians 1:13 whose headquarters were established within Rome. (358) With both verification from the letter itself and from Roman texts, the argument that Paul wrote Philippians in the early AD 60’s is convincing. The other two theories on the date of Philippians hold much less weight in the scholarly world. The second theory is that Paul wrote the letter a few years earlier while under imprisonment in Caesarea, which would have placed the date around AD 57. Paul was, at this time, under the imprisonment of Governor Felix and subsequently Governor Festus as noted in Acts 23-24 because of charges made by Jewish elders that he was a troublemaker. The third theory argues that Paul wrote

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