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A Mentor Commentary

Matthew Harmon

Pages: 512
Trim: Large trade hardback (216 x 138mm)
Isbn 13: 9781781914281
List Price: £22.99
Series: Mentor Commentary
Imprint: Mentor
Category: Biblical Studies > Commentaries > Series

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...deep-rooted, solid, and broadly accessible. This will now be my "go-to" book for teaching or preaching Philippians. I can't commend Matt Harmon's commentary on Philippians highly enough to pastors and students in all areas of church ministry and life.

Dan Phillips, Pastor, Copperfield Bible Church, author and blogger at Pyromaniacs, Houston, Texas

...insightful theological analysis, and practical pastoral application. Pastors and laypeople alike can benefit from this finely crafted work.

Justin Taylor, Executive vice president, Crossway Books and blogger, "Between Two Worlds", Wheaton, Illinois

... a model of good commentary writing...I commend his work to students, teachers, and preachers who seek better to understand this important letter of Paul.

Douglas Moo, Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois

Matthew Harmon has given us a fresh and faithful reading of Philippians that will be a powerful help to all who preach and teach the Word.

James M. Hamilton Jr., Professor of Biblical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

Matt Harmon explains Paul's letter clause by clause, traces Paul's argument, reads Paul's argument in light of the rest of the Bible, and applies the letter to people today.

Andy Naselli, Associate Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Bethlehem College and Seminary, Minneapolis, Minnesota


Christians throughout the centuries have loved Paul's letter to the Philippians for its call to rejoice in the gospel of Jesus Christ regardless of life's circumstances. But our familiarity with the letter can cause us to neglect or overlook Paul's message to the Philippians. Dr Matthew Harmon in this uplifting and inspiring work brings context and application to this wonderful book.
Matthew Harmons excellent commentary on Philippians secured The Gospel Coalition Book of the Year 2015 (Bible and Theology Category).

About Matthew Harmon

Dr Matthew Harmon serves as Professor of New Testament Studies at Grace College and Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana. He also serves on the preaching team of Christ's Covenant Church.

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... Harmon has struck an extremely helpful balance with this commentary on Philippians. While neither becoming lost in scholarly cul-de-sacs nor avoiding tough questions, Harmon focuses on the text of Paul's letter and its application. His commentary is a sensitive and thoughtful guide to Philippians that will be appreciated by pastors, scholars, students, and (perhaps especially) by those who are some combination of the three.

One particular strength of the commentary is Harmon's clear and thoughtful analysis of Paul's use of the OT in Philippians. Philippians has too often been neglected in studies of the use of the OT in the NT, but Harmon brings the sophistication and sensitivity that mark his previous work on the OT in Galatians to this commentary, while avoiding unnecessary technicality.

A solid, well-researched commentary that should stand among the primary commentaries on Philippians for many readers.

Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Matthew Harmon's commentary on Philippians is an outstanding work. We find careful exegesis and a clear explanation of the text. The commentary is theologically rich, in terms of both biblical and systematic theology, and so there is more than a running commentary. Harmon also applies the text to readers in practical ways. Scholars, students, pastors, and teachers will profit significantly from this work.

Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

This commentary is a study in clarity and balance. It is simple in expression, yet profound in insight. It is thorough in scope, yet selective enough not to overwhelm. It is informed by recent scholarship, yet avoids fruitless complexities. It draws on knowledge of ancient languages, yet makes its case in plain English. It is classic in its focus on God, Christ, and redemption, yet current in showing how a gospel from long ago is just as true and powerful today. In a word, this is a fine resource for serious students of Philippians in both church and college settings.

Robert W. Yarbrough, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri

Historically aware, exegetically astute, and theologically sensitive... A new go-to resource for pastors and students!

Lee Gatiss, Director of Church Society, and Adjunct Lecturer in Church History, Union School of Theology, Bridgend, Wales

Customer Reviews

Harmon does an excellent job of drawing forth the theological, pastoral, and ethical riches of the text ... a model commentary for its intended audience. The author, fully-versed in Greek exegesis and the secondary literature, is able to mine the wealth of these resources and also effectively bring them to bear on the larger Biblical-theological questions that any pastor or teacher would want to convey to his hearers.

Posted by Matthew Fisher, Lecturer in Biblical Theology, St Petersburg Christian University, St. Petersburg, Russia at 09:54 on Thursday 19 November 2015