Philippians & Philemon - Carolyn Osiek

Philippians & Philemon

By Carolyn Osiek

  • Release Date - Published: 2011-09-01
  • Book Genre: Bible Studies
  • Author: Carolyn Osiek
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The commentary demonstrates how to work through the texts of Philippians
and Philemon in the light of relevant scholarship but also with the use of one’s own
critical judgment. While traditional exegetical questions are dealt with,
contemporary theological concerns are highlighted, and there is a special effort to
probe the social issues that arose in the Pauline churches. Gender roles and slavery
are given particular attention as they arise in the texts.
Scholarship, now enlightened by greater knowledge of the social structures
and relationships of Mediterranean antiquity, is just beginning to explore questions
of how women functioned in house-church communities, how early Christians dealt with
the institution of slavery, and how slaves were integrated into their communities.
To the extent allowed by the commentary format, these questions are given special
attention in contributing to an ongoing discussion. “Osiek
deftly weaves new rhetorical, social-historical, and social-scientific insights into
classical historical and philological research on Philippians and Philemon. She has
the special gift of discussing difficult issues in simple language and with great
clarity. The result is a remarkable synthesis in which readers of all kinds will
come to a deeper understanding not only of these two letters and recent scholarship
on them, but of Paul and the ancient world he inhabited.” —Dennis C. Duling,

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