Philippians is one of the most studied books of scripture due to it’s size and contributions to Pauline theology as well as theology as a whole. While there have been more fuller bodied commentaries in recent years there is one that stands out among the rabble even though it is almost 25 years old. The commentary in question is Philippians of the NIV Application Commentary by Frank Thielman. Thielman is a conservative reformed scholar at Beeson Divinity School and is no stranger to scholarly pursuits yet this is his only foray into this stalwart series.
Philippians beings with the traditional introduction section, yet due to the structure of the NIVAC the introduction section is kept intentionally short. It is important to note that Thielman does argue for Pauline authorship, and does so with vigor, while taking no prisoners. With regard to the commentary proper Thielman writes with a considerable knowledge base on the original context and audience, yet this does not inhibit his attention to the modern reader and practical application. This commentary is considered my many scholars to be one of the very best New Testament commentaries in the series, that while brief packs a considerable punch. A pastor will find this volume not only helpful but stimulating. This is not a volume that should be missing from a pastor’s librarian or from laymen’s devotional collection.
In the end I would recommend this commentary as in mid-level work which will suit the needs of pastors and laymen alike, scholars will appreciate a few of his insights but will want to seek a more up-to-date commentary for higher scholarly pursuits.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Zondervan Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.