Commentary on Paul’s Letter to the Philippians by J.B. Lightfoot

Commentary on Paul's Letter to the Philippians by J.B. Lightfoot 1J.B. Lightfoot’s commentary on Philippians has been continuously in print for 146 years – surely proof of its enduring value for Bible students.

My thanks to Book Aid for providing a copy of this public domain title for digitisation.

Joseph Barber Lightfoot [1828-1889], Saint Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians. A revised text with introduction, Notes and Dissertations. London & Cambridge: Macmillan & Co. Ltd., 1873. Hbk. pp.346. [Click to visit the download page]

Table of Contents

Introduction:

  1. St Paul in Rome
  2. Order of the Epistles of Captivity
  3. The Church of Philippi
  4. Character and Contents of the Epistles; The Genuineness of the Epistle

Text and Notes

Dissertations

  1. The Christian Ministry
  2. St Paul; and Seneca; The Letters of Paul and Seneca

Index

St Paul in Rome

The arrival of St Paul in the metropolis marks. a new and important epoch in the history of the Christian. Church. Hitherto he had come in contact with Roman institutions modified by local circumstances and administered by subordinate officers in the outlying provinces of the Empire. Now he was in the very centre and focus of Roman influence; and from this time forward neither the policy of the government nor the character of the reigning prince was altogether a matter of indifference to the welfare of Christianity. . The change of scene had brought with it a change in the mutual relations between the Gospel and the Empire. They were now occupying the same ground, and a collision· was inevitable. Up to this time the Apostle had found rather an ally than an enemy in a power which he had more than once successfully invoked against the malignity of his fellow-countrymen.

Commentary on Philippians by Alfred Plummer

Ancient theatre - Philippi
Ancient theatre – Philippi. Photo Credit: MrPanyGoff

Alfred Plummer’s Commentary on Philippians has been reprinted many times, which I take as a confirmation of its ongoing value to Bible students. The text uses some Greek, but not enough to make it difficult for those with no knowledge of the original language to use. This title is in the public domain.

Alfred Plummer [1841-1926], A Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians. London: Robert Scott, 1919. Hbk. pp.115. [Click to visit the download page]

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Commentary
  • Index

Introduction

The passage of the Gospel from Eastern to Western civilization is an event of the highest importance and interest in the history of the Christian Church. With the exception of the extension of the offer of salvation from Jews to Gentiles, there is hardly anything of greater importance in the progress of Apostolic Christianity. It was an advance from a world in which the best elements of civilization were to be found in Judaism, to a world in which the best elements were centred in the art and literature of Greece, and in the military and political organization of Rome. Divine religion was seeking friendship with human philosophy and human law.

It did not come uninvited. Macedonia, half Greek and half Roman, took the initiative under special guidance from heaven. The Spirit intimated that St. Paul, Silas and Timothy were not to preach the word in Asia, Mysia, or Bithynia….