in Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible
Publisher Brazos Press
The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible encourages readers to explore how the vital roots of the ancient Christian tradition inform and shape faithfulness today. In this volume, a leading theologian known for his expertise on Barth offers a theological reading of Philippians. George Hunsinger draws on patristic and medieval theology and on Calvin, Edwards, Barth, and Torrance as he explores what the biblical text means for ecclesial interpretation today. As with other series volumes, this commentary is designed to serve the church, providing a rich resource for preachers, teachers, students, and study groups.
Hunsinger's Phippians commentary offers a mixture of poignant insights from Protestant dogmatics, Barthian exegesis, and resourcement of ancient tradition. This is a rich and explicitly theological reading of the letter, truly out of the ordinary, very reminiscent of Barth's own commentary on the letter. Not a historical exegesis, but a dogmatic exposition of the letter in light of Christian beliefs. [Full Review]
As expected for the Brazos series, Hunsinger focuses on the theological implications of the text. The book is densely packed with ideas that might, properly developed, be useful in both preaching and teaching. There are several excursuses on theological themes in Paul (for example, on the meaning of “in Christ”). At times Hunsinger takes risks that don’t quite pay off (at one point he uses a monologue from Hamlet as a foil for Paul), but he is thoughtful and interesting throughout.