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ISBN: 9781783685851
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 11
Publication Date: 30/04/2019
Pages: 196
Series: Asia Bible Commentary Series
Language: English


Asian Christians will identify with the context of the epistle to the Philippians – a church hemmed in on every side. The internal struggles of the community, personality conflicts among leaders, division within the church, and challenges from false teachers coupled with the violent threat from outside the church parallels the situation in many parts of Asia. This commentary studies the text exegetically in its original dynamic context while seeking to hear the rhetorical thrust of the apostle’s words in the Asian context.

Author Bios

Roji Thomas George

ROJI THOMAS GEORGE is Professor and Head of the Department of New Testament Studies at South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies, Bangalore, India. He has a DTh in New Testament from Senate of Serampore College (University), West Bengal, India, and is an ordained minister of the Indian Pentecostal Church of God. As well as authoring and editing several books he has also written articles for national and international journals.


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

  1. Commentary
    1. Series Preface
    2. Author’s Preface
    3. Ackowledgements
    4. List of Abbreviations
    5. Introduction
    6. Commentary on Philippians
    7. Selected Bibliography
  2. Topics
    1. A Comparison of Perspectives on Suffering in Paul and Other Religions
    2. Christian Discipleship by Imitation in the Context of the Gurukula Pathashala System in India
    3. “Dual Citizenship” of Christians in a Hostile and Pluralistic Religious Context
    4. Partnership in Mission: Defining the Donor-Recipient Relationship

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