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In this volume of the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible, a leading Reformed theologian known for his expertise on Barth offers a theological reading of Philippians. George Hunsinger draws on Calvin, Edwards, Barth, and Torrance as he explores what the biblical text means for ecclesial interpretation today.
The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible advances the assumption that the Nicene creedal tradition, in all its diversity, provides the proper basis for the interpretation of the Bible as Christian scripture. The series encourages readers to extend the vital roots of the ancient Christian tradition to our day.
Brazos enlists leading theologians to read and interpret Scripture for today, just as the church fathers, the Reformers, and other orthodox Christians did for their times and places. Each volume is designed to serve the church—providing a rich resource for preachers, teachers, students, and study groups—and demonstrate the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of Scripture.
"What a wonderful commentary! It belongs not only on the desk of every pastor but also on that of every reader of Scripture. Hunsinger interprets Philippians in and with the church, drawing on the length and breadth of its confessional and meditative tradition in a deeply enriching way. His theological reflections are acute and insightful. His application of the text to the present is forthright and unashamed. This commentary opens the text afresh for us. It represents theological interpretation of Scripture at its best." - Mark Seifrid, professor of exegetical theology, Concordia Seminary
"George Hunsinger's commentary on St. Paul's letter to the Philippians is, as one would expect, a challenging work of inspiring, compelling, and incomparable theological depth. In this Brazos series, which encourages biblical commentary through a doctrinal lens, one can see exactly how a truly ecumenical theologian thinking within the context of the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed weaves together deep trinitarian, christological, soteriological, and pneumatological insights with careful, nuanced, and thoughtful exegesis. On questions concerning how Paul understood Jesus's lordship, his sacrifice for us on the cross, as well as justification and sanctification, readers will greatly benefit from Hunsinger's learned interactions with John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, Karl Barth, and T. F. Torrance, as well as F. D. E. Schleiermacher and Paul Tillich, together with a host of other prominent biblical scholars and theologians. This book is a must-read not only for biblical scholars but for systematic theologians. It is a model of how doctrinal theology functions properly in collaboration with biblical interpretation." - Paul D. Molnar, professor of systematic theology, St. John's University, Queens, New York
George Hunsinger (PhD, Yale University) is Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. He is the author of several works on Barth's theology--Reading Barth with Charity, Disruptive Grace: Studies in the Theology of Karl Barth, and How to Read Karl Barth--and author of the much-discussed The Eucharist and Ecumenism. Hunsinger served as director of the Princeton Theological Seminary's Center for Barth Studies from 1997 to 2001 and has been president of the Karl Barth Society of North America since 2003. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he was a major contributor to the new Presbyterian catechism.