The “textbook” for our Philippians exegesis class is actually a series of essays and articles that the students will read (alongside Bockmuehl’s excellent and concise commentary)
I break the weeks down into passages, and articles deal either with that passage or are connected thematically (if that can be managed)
(1) Peter Oakes, “Jason and Penelope Hear Philippians 1:1-11,” in Understanding, Studying and Reading (1998)
(2) J. Hellerman, “Brothers and Friends in Philippi: Family Honor in the Roman World and in Paul’s Letter to the Philippians” BTB 2009.
(1) N. Gupta, “I Will Not Be Put to Shame: Paul, the Philippians and the Honorable Plea for Death” Neotestamentica (2008)
(2) L. Ann Jervis, At the Heart of the Gospel: Suffering in the Earliest Christian Message (Eerdmans): the Philippians chapter
(1) N. Gupta, “To Whom Was Christ a Slave (Phil 2:7)? Double Agency and the Specters of Sin and Death in Philippians’, HBT 32 (2010): 1-16.
(2) N.T. Wright, “Jesus Christ is Lord: Philippians 2.5-11″ in Climax of the Covenant (Fortress)
(1) P. Holloway, “Alius Paulus: Paul’s Promise to Send Timothy at Philippians 2.19-24″ NTS 2008
(2) Ross Wagner, “Working Out Salvation: Holiness and Community in Philippi,” in Holiness and Eccesiology in the NT
(1)-(2) The two appended essays in R. Hays’ Faith of Jesus Christ:
- “Once More: PISTIS CHRISTOU” (Dunn)
- “Pistis and Pauline Christology: What is at Stake?” (Hays)
(1) S. Fowl, “Know Your Context: Giving and Receiving Money in Philippians,” Interpretation 2002
(2) G. Fee, “To What End Exegesis? Reflections on Exegesis and Spirituality in Philippians 4:10-20,” BBR 8 (1988): 75-88.
So – that’s it. I have another article on Philippians coming out in 2011 (JSNT), but too late for my class. I may still have them read the yet-to-be-published version, but it is a bit technical and dry, so I might spare them!
Thank you to all who offered advice – I truly value your input and at least 2 on this list I was unaware of previously. So, much appreciation!