Moisés Silva


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Series: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament
Categories: Philippians
Tags: TechnicalPastoral

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With its user-friendly design, this commentary by Moises Silva provides a substantive yet accessible discussion of Philippians to help pastors, students, and teachers understand and explain this letter.

Each passage is presented in three parts: Silva's own translation of the Greek text; exegesis and exposition of each unit of thought; and additional notes on textual matters. Throughout the commentary, Silva asks what is distinctive about this letter and shows how each passage contributes to Paul's overall argument.

The second edition has been updated to interact with important recent scholarship on Philippians and to incorporate the well-regarded BECNT layout.


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4.41538461538462 out of 5 based on 13 user ratings
Warren Truesdale September 15, 2017 5 5
This is a very well-rounded commentary in an exceptional series written by a knowledgeable New Testament scholar and skilled exegete. Silva’s introduction to the letter is short(ish) but solid. Don’t miss his discussion of the “Exegetical History” of Philippians where he dives into a fascinating discussion on the expositions of Chrysostom, Aquinas, Calvin, and others. Silva’s strengths are his exegetical insights and along side that, his theological insights. [Full Review]
Robert M. Bowman, Jr December 11, 2016 5 5
Still one of the very best commentaries on Philippians, by a well-known evangelical NT scholar. [Full Review]
Tim Challies July 29, 2013 5 5
This commentary is now in its second edition and this new edition is considered significantly stronger than the first. Keith Mathison says, “For those who would like something a little less technical, yet still very thorough, I would recommend the commentary by Moises Silva.” Its particular strength is in tracing the flow of Paul’s argument throughout the letter. [Full Review]
Phillip J. Long June 21, 2012 4.9 5
Silva’s commentary was one of the earliest in the Baker series, originally a reprint of the 1988 Wycliffe Exegetical Commentary. The second edition adds two sections to the introduction (“Literary Structure” and “Exegetical History”) and the footnotes are expanded to include scholarship since the first edition was printed. The commentary proceeds phrase-by-phrase, with Greek appearing along with transliteration. Text critical notes are included in “additional comments,” which strike me as longer than in other volumes of this series. In fact, at times these notes look more like a Greek-Text commentary than the main body of the work! [Full Review]
Jordan August 15, 2010 4 5
The length and format of this book is perfect. This was the first single-book commentary I read, and it was a pleasure reading Silva's commentary on Philippians. I agreed with his exegesis and interpretation at least 9 times out of 10, and my handful of disagreements with him spurred greater mental effort on my part when preparing sermons on Philippians. Silva was scholarly without being overly technical; I highly recommend this commentary to anyone who wishes to preach through Philippians. (However, if you are buying only one commentary on the Philippians, do not purchase this one. The NICNT commentary is a better choice if you wish only to purchase a single commentary.)
Peter Krol June 5, 2010 2 5
A decent expositional commentary. He assumes some knowledge of Greek, but otherwise quite readable.
Mark Heath January 19, 2010 4.5 5
Another excellent commentary on Philippians. This one has a very interesting introduction that explores the book from a wide variety of angles. The main focus is exegesis, but he gives space to the various theological issues raised, making this a good resource for preachers. Worth getting hold of even if you already have Fee's NICNT, since Silva doesn't always agree with his conclusions. [Full Review]
For those who would like something a little less technical, yet still very thorough, I would recommend the commentary by Moises Silva. This second edition is a great contribution to a growing series of commentaries by Baker. [Full Review]
Derek Thomas September 21, 2008 5 5
Brian LeStourgeon July 31, 2008 4.5 5
Silva is sharp and insightful. However, O’Brien (NIGTC, 1991) is also very good. If you like the technical (and do not mind reading NIGTC), get O’Brien; but everyone would benefit from Silva, so he makes my list.
D. A. Carson May 26, 2008 5 5

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