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Epistle to the Philippians


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This NT letter is addressed by St Paul to the Christian community at Philippi in Greece, the first Church which he had founded in Europe. Its authenticity is solidly attested in antiquity and almost unanimously accepted by modern scholars. It was probably written in the later part of Paul's captivity in Rome, though both its place of origin and date have been subject to discussion.

After thanking the Philippians for their partnership, Paul tells them of the success of his preaching in captivity and exhorts them to charity, self-discipline, and humility. After warnings and more exhortations, he ends with a doxology and salutations. The Epistle contains a Christological passage (2: 5–11) of great importance (see kenotic theories). It is commonly held that these verses originally existed as a hymn.

Subjects: Christianity.


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