Moore, Thomas and Timothy D. Sprankle. Philippians: A Commentary for Preaching and Teaching. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel, 2019. 293 pp.
Commentaries combining both exegetical and homiletical ideas are in high demand. They are useful for preaching and teaching, and Church leaders benefit from this kind of commentaries.
Kregel Ministry has launched a new commentary series, the Kerux Commentary series, with this specific public in mind. As for now, only the commentary on Daniel and Philippians are available, but there are more volumes ready to be released soon.
The authors of the commentary on Philippians are Thomas Moore and Timothy D. Sprankle, both with extensive experience in ministry and publishing, something readers will notice while reading and studying this book. The Bible version used by the authors is the NASB.
The book opens with an overview of all preaching passages, which is an outline divided by pericopes showing the natural division of every chapter. Every division contains the exegetical idea, theological focus, preaching idea (homiletical idea) and preaching pointers. This section provides readers with a visual and textual foundation for the study and preparation of the sermon or lesson.
The following section is a 13 pages introduction where the authors cover authorship of the letter, provenance, date, occasion for writing, readers, genre, historical setting, and emphasis. The perspective adopted by the Moore and Sprankle is the most accepted and traditional perspective, stating that the Apostle Paul wrote the letter to the Philippians around A.D. 62.
Every division (pericopes) contains a textual structure followed by the exposition of the passage and preaching and teaching strategies. Contemporary connections, and creativity in presentation are other remarkable features this volume offers to readers. Every chapter concludes with discussion questions, which enables this book to be used in study groups, and the author’s suggestion for further reading. Though this commentary cannot be considered as a technical commentary, the authors make usage of New Testament Greek when appropriate and necessary.
Summarizing, this book fulfills its purpose by assisting pastors, teachers and Church leaders with tools to improve their exposition and teaching of the letter to the Philippians. If you are a pastor or are serving in any kind of teaching ministry in your church, this book will assist you well in your ministry.
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