Monthly Archives: October 2016


Scripture Sunday: Psalm 18:2

Psalm 18—Deliverance. A lengthy Psalm whose theme is deliverance from the enemy. •Praise for deliverance (vv. 1–3): strength, shield, and salvation all describe the Deliverer. •Peril necessitating deliverance (4, 5): death. •Power in deliverance (vv. 6–19): the earth shook and the hills were moved. •Persons for deliverance (vv. 20–28): righteous persons. •Performance of the one delivered (vv. 29–45): power to overtake the enemy. •Praise for deliverance (vv. 46–50): this Psalm begins and ends with praise. –Butler’s Daily Bible Reading


When and Where was the Book of Philippians Written?

When Determining when the book of Philippians was written hinges on first determining where the book was written (see: “Place of Writing”). If the book of Philippians were written from Rome (the traditionally held view), then the date of the writing would be around AD 60-63. If written from Ephesus, around AD 54-57; if written from Corinth, around AD 50; and if written from Caesarea, around AD 58-60.<note:Gerald F. Hawthorne, Ralph P. Martin, and Daniel G. Reid, eds., Dictionary of Paul and His Letters (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1993), 711.>  A time frame between the mid 50s to early 60s seems likely regardless of one’s position of where the book was written.<note:D. A. Carson and Douglas J. Moo, An Introduction to the New Testament, Second Edition (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2005), 506–07.> If written near the end of Paul’s imprisonment in Rome, a date for around AD 61 would be the most likely date.<note:John F. MacArthur, Jr., Philippians, MacArthur New Testament Commentary (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 2001), 7.>


Who Wrote the Book of Philippians

Scholars generally affirm Pauline authorship of the book of Philippians, especially in light of the book’s internal evidence which makes the case of Paul as the author of the book (Philippians 1:1). MacArthur’s affirmation of the book of Philippians to indisputably Paul states: The divinely inspired text of Philippians introduces Paul as the author (1:1), thus making his authorship indisputable. In fact, except for a few radical nineteenth-century critics, the Pauline authorship of Philippians has never been questioned. Today most scholars, no matter what their theological persuasion, accept it as a genuine Pauline epistle.&lt;note:Ibid., 4–5.&gt; <!–more–> With that said, there are a few arguments against Pauline authorship to the book of Philippians, whether in terms of the book as a whole or portions of the book. The main portion of the book that has seen arguments against Pauline authorship is Philippians 2:5-11 (the “hymn”). Some scholars deny Pauline authorship to this hymn stating that it was pre-Pauline in style and wording (possibly from the early church in Palestine), whereas others affirm Pauline authorship to the hymn but do not take the hymn to be original to the book of Philippians and was inserted into the book by Paul.&lt;note:Carson and Moo, 499–500.&gt; The four major views concerning the authorship of the book of […]