Roji Thomas George’s commentary faithfully bridges two worlds of the text: Paul’s own and that of Asian believers today, especially in India. The step-by-step exposition of Paul’s thought with an eye toward the experience of the Asian church will also help readers in other contexts uncover the significance of Paul’s message in new ways. George’s work is therefore highly recommended!
Scott J. Hafemann, DTh
Honorary Reader in New Testament,
School of Divinity, St Mary’s College,
University of St Andrews, UK
Thoroughly engaging both the biblical text’s ancient background and his modern South Asian setting, Roji George connects these horizons skilfully. With well-reasoned and sound conclusions, George articulates the significance of Philippians for Asian contexts today.
Craig S. Keener, PhD
F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies,
Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, USA
George’s careful and nuanced reading of Philippians is enriched with suggestive similarities to the multi-religious contexts of the modern Asian readers. For him, Paul’s critical adaptation to cultural-political discourses with difference, in other words, embracing the “scandalous” pattern of the “self-emptying Messiah,” is the crux of negotiating modern mission praxis even when facing persecution. Here is an excellent tool for pastors, missionaries and serious students of the Bible who care to be shaped as authentic Yesu bhaktas in a religiously pluralistic and volatile contexts.
Idicheria Ninan, PhD
Professor of New Testament,
South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies, Bangalore, India
Table of Contents
- Series Preface
- Author’s Preface
- List of Abbreviations
- Commentary on Philippians
- Selected Bibliography
- A Comparison of Perspectives on Suffering in Paul and Other Religions
- Christian Discipleship by Imitation in the Context of the Gurukula Pathashala System in India
- “Dual Citizenship” of Christians in a Hostile and Pluralistic Religious Context
- Partnership in Mission: Defining the Donor-Recipient Relationship