Any Christian who is feeling down or discouraged about anything should study Paul’s great letter to the Philippians.  No book in the Bible is so filled with joy as Philippians. What was Paul’s secret? How could he remain joyful in such circumstances? We find out by studying this letter. (Boice, James Montgomery. Philippians: An Expositional Commentary. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2000.)

Below is a list of helps to aid your study of the Book of Philippians.

  • 4 Part Introduction to Bible Study Methodology.
  • Printouts to help you gain a good overview of Philippians.
  • Recommendations for Philippians commentaries.
  • My personal Bible study notes for each passage.
    • Phrasing Diagram:  I divide each sentence into phrases and clauses, and I summarize the syntactical relationship between the clauses.  I use various colors to highlight the subject, main predicate verb, direct object, conjunctions, and prepositions.
    • Lexical summary: Definitions of the most significant words used in Philippians.  Most of the material comes from the BDAG Greek Lexicon and the Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament.
    • Cross References: List of relevant verses taken from the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.

Bible Study Methodology

  1. How We Got the Bible?
  2. How to Interpret the Bible for Yourself?
  3. 7 Basic Tools in a Bible Study Library
  4. Personal Bible Study: My 12 Step Process

Philippians Overview

  • Philippians in Paragraph Form [PDF]:  Philippians in English Standard Version (ESV) formatted in paragraph form.  This is useful to read the epistle without any chapter or verse markings.
  • Philippians Parallel Study [PDF]:  Compares Philippians in three English translations:  English Standard Version (ESV), NASB (New American Standard Bible), and NET Bible.
  • Philippians Propositional Outline [PDF]:  Philippians in English Standard Version (ESV) formatted in a propositional outline.  This is a good starting point to analyze the syntactical relationships of the clauses and phrases of each sentence.  This is extracted from the Propositional Outline by Logos Bible Software.
  • Philippians Introduction: Brief introduction to Philippians.  This summary includes the following:
    1. Background: authorship, recipient, current circumstance and historical situation, author’s purposes, and overall theme.
    2. Chapter summary: one sentence summary of each chapter.
    3. Book outline: outline summary of each major section and paragraph of the book.
    4. Bible dictionary entries of (a) city of Philippi, (b) citizens of Philippi, and (c) church of Philippi.
  • Philippi Atlas Map [PDF]: Location of Philippi and other important cities during the first century AD.

Recommendations on Philippians Commentaries

Philippians Phrasing Diagram, Lexical Study, and Cross References Notes

Philippians 1:1-11 – Greeting, Thanksgiving, and Prayer

Philippians 1:12-18 – Paul’s Imprisonment

Philippians 1:19-26 – Paul Torn Between Life and Death

  • Philippians 1:19-26 Phrasing Diagram: Syntactical relationships of clauses (ESV and NA28 Greek Text).
  • Philippians 1:19-26 Lexical Study: Definition of key words taken from BDAG and Exegetical Dictionary of the NT.
  • Philippians 1:19-26 Cross References: Taken from Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.

Philippians 1:27-30 – Unity in Contending for the Faith

  • Philippians 1:27-30 Phrasing Diagram: Syntactical relationships of clauses (ESV and NA28 Greek Text).
  • Philippians 1:27-30 Lexical Study: Definition of key words taken from BDAG and Exegetical Dictionary of the NT.
  • Philippians 1:27-30 Cross References: Taken from Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.

Philippians 2:1-11 – Unity through Christlike Humility

  • Philippians 2:1-11 Phrasing Diagram: Syntactical relationships of clauses (ESV and NA28 Greek Text).
  • Philippians 2:1-11 Lexical Study: Definition of key words taken from BDAG and Exegetical Dictionary of the NT.
  • Philippians 2:1-11 Cross References: Taken from Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.

Philippians 2:12-18 – Purity in a Wicked Generation

  • Philippians 2:12-18 Phrasing Diagram: Syntactical relationships of clauses (ESV and NA28 Greek Text).
  • Philippians 2:12-18 Lexical Study: Definition of key words taken from BDAG and Exegetical Dictionary of the NT.
  • Philippians 2:12-18 Cross References: Taken from Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.

Philippians 2:19-30 – Timothy and Epaphroditus

  • Philippians 2:19-30 Phrasing Diagram: Syntactical relationships of clauses (ESV and NA28 Greek Text).
  • Philippians 2:19-30 Lexical Study: Definition of key words taken from BDAG and Exegetical Dictionary of the NT.
  • Philippians 2:19-30 Cross References: Taken from Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.

Philippians 3:1-11 – Warning Against Confidence in the Flesh

  • Philippians 3:1-11 Phrasing Diagram: Syntactical relationships of clauses (ESV and NA28 Greek Text).
  • Philippians 3:1-11 Lexical Study: Definition of key words taken from BDAG and Exegetical Dictionary of the NT.
  • Philippians 3:1-11 Cross References: Taken from Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.

Philippians 3:12-21 – Pressing On Toward the Goal

  • Philippians 3:12-21 Phrasing Diagram: Syntactical relationships of clauses (ESV and NA28 Greek Text).
  • Philippians 3:12-21 Lexical Study: Definition of key words taken from BDAG and Exegetical Dictionary of the NT.
  • Philippians 3:12-21 Cross References: Taken from Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.

Philippians 4:1-9 – Exhortations and Encouragements

  • Philippians 4:1-9 Phrasing Diagram: Syntactical relationships of clauses (ESV and NA28 Greek Text).
  • Philippians 4:1-9 Lexical Study: Definition of key words taken from BDAG and Exegetical Dictionary of the NT.
  • Philippians 4:1-9 Cross References: Taken from Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.

Philippians 4:10-20 – Generosity of the Philippians

  • Philippians 4:10-20 Phrasing Diagram: Syntactical relationships of clauses (ESV and NA28 Greek Text).
  • Philippians 4:10-20 Lexical Study: Definition of key words taken from BDAG and Exegetical Dictionary of the NT.
  • Philippians 4:10-20 Cross References: Taken from Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.

Philippians 4:21-23 – Closing Grace

  • Philippians 4:21-23 Phrasing Diagram: Syntactical relationships of clauses (ESV and NA28 Greek Text).
  • Philippians 4:21-23 Lexical Study: Definition of key words taken from BDAG and Exegetical Dictionary of the NT.
  • Philippians 4:21-23 Cross References: Taken from Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.

 

 

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