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Partnership at Philippi

Jerome Murphy-oʼconnor

in Paul: A Critical Life

Published in print May 1998 | ISBN: 9780192853424
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670589 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192853424.003.0009
Partnership at Philippi

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Philippi was the first European city to be evangelized by Paul. The chapter argues that Paul's preference for Philippi was surprising as it is inland, contradicting his earlier partiality to coastal cities like that of Corinth and Ephesus. Paul realized the significance of keeping in touch with his early foundations. It was only two years later that he became aware that facility of communications had to be a critical factor in the choice of a missionary base. Although the New Testament contains only one canonical letter to Philippi, some biblical scholars view that it is actually a series of two to three epistles. These letters were believed to have been written while Paul was incarcerated. Paul faced the possibility of execution during his incarceration, however, this appealed to him as this was a way of reuniting with Christ. Fortunately, it was not yet the right time, and Paul was freed.

Keywords: Philippi; Corinth; Ephesus; communication; missionary base; epistle; New Testament; Christ

Chapter.  9880 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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