Coming Soon— My new Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on Philippians

This will in all likelihood be my last contribution to the socio-rhetorical series of Eerdmans.   It will be out in the Fall.

  • Kwesi

    Ben, are you just insanely productive by gifting? Or is there another secret to the great productivity. Your series on Ehrman is proving very illuminating. Thanks!

  • Kwesi

    Also, I’m particularly desirous of finding an Old Testament scholar you would recommend. Someone versed both in the history and theology, a committed Christian, and active in the field. I wonder if you have any suggestions on this? You shed a lot of light on the NT — it would be nice to have another ‘you’ for the OT :). All glory to God, of course. :). Thanks!

  • http://nearemmaus.wordpress.com Mark Stevens

    Boy am I happy about this volume! It will be a great edition to Fee, O’brien and even Barth! Thanks Ben!

  • Steve

    Dear Ben, I just bought your Socio-Rhetorical commentary on Acts. Totally awesome! Outstanding scholarship and clearly presented. May God continue to bless your life and ministry.
    Sincerely, Steve

  • Greg Van Dussen

    Congratulations, Ben – I’m looking forward to it!

  • http://www.benwitherington.com ben witherington

    Kwesi there are some very fine Evangelical OT scholars to commend, including two of my colleagues— Bill Arnold and Sandy Richter. Start with Bill’s Genesis commentary and her Eden book with IVP.

    BW3

  • http://www.resaliens.com Lyn

    Excuse my ignorance…socio-rhetorical?

  • Brian McInerney

    Hey Ben,

    I hope this is because you’ve gone through all the NT books for this series [I think so] or, maybe, because Eerdman’s isn’t doing more; and not because of the “I’m old” issue which you’ve referred to in several recent posts. I’m three years older than you ole son [born 1948 to your 1951 if sources serve...]… I’ve had the great pleasure of reading all of your books [pretty much] and you’ve only just begun [as, indeed, have my humble self]! I hope you will pen some sort of summary “theology” of your own experience/knowledge [your two big books recently have been along that thread]. I’m a “lay” person theologically and an “academic” in social work and human services and also a “published poet”. And you have vastly helped me integrate the two for students and “client” citizens. Anyway, thanks, ole bean; I pray you’ll continue with your amazing writing “output” in the always pastoral context you kindly provide [at what dear cost to your good self I'd only imagine...]

    yrs, alwaz [as Rob Bell mite seh] -

    Brian

  • Danny D

    Lyn – a socio-rhetorical commentary would mainly concern the 1. social and cultural context, which allows us to examine the world of the people involved and understand how they would have received the text (in this way we don’t read our situations into their 1900 year old letters) and 2. rhetorical concerns of the text itself that allow us to see how the author utilized the writing conventions of the day to convey ideas (for example, how the parts of the letter/writing function).

    This is based on my limited understanding of what socio-rhetorical commentaries are about, but I wanted to toss it out there and let the good Dr correct me where wrong.

  • Danny D

    BW3 – out of curiosity, how much will this commentary differing from your previous Philippians commentary?

  • http://www.christmyredeemer.wordpress.com Daniel Levy

    YES! Too bad it’s not already out so I can use it on this huge directed research project I’m writing, which in particular focuses on Phil 2.

  • Danny D

    Yo, Daniel – I did a paper last year on Phil 2. Depending on what you’re getting into, I might be able to point you to some helpful sources. Also, like mentioned before, BW3 has a previous Philippians commentary out.

  • CJ Tan

    Hi Dr Ben,

    Since you have been a student of rhetoric and author of fictional/non-fictional books, have you come across the works of
    Roger Rosenblatt author of ‘Unless It Moves the Human Heart’ & Stanley Fish author of ‘How to Write A Sentence’?

    Charlie Rose has an interview with them:
    http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/11590

    Might be helpful for your novel series :-)

    Blessings,
    CJ Tan

  • Ben Witherington

    C.J. thanks for the lead, and everyone thanks for the comments. The difference in this volume is both depth and breadth. It is not a dramatically different take than I did before, but there are plenty of fresh insights— my favorite new bit has to do with dogs :)

    BW3

  • Craig Beard

    Ben,

    This is the second or third time I recall your mentioning Sandra Richter (#6 above). After the last time I recall, I went a-browsing and found some of her talks online (including a current series on “The Epic of Eden” presented at Wesley Chapel/Wesley Biblical Seminary and a series on the book of Ruth presented at Redwood Christian Park). I listened to the Ruth series and I was hooked. Dr. Richter really brought the story to life. As soon as the “Epic” series is complete (two talks to go), I’ll load it on my iPod and start listening. I can hardly wait! Thanks for bringing Dr. Richter to my attention.

  • Ben Witherington

    She’s lightning in a bottle and we are about to do an Introduction to the whole Bible together, called The Bible from the Ground Up for Oxford, to be used in colleges, seminaries and churches, viewing the Bible from the point of view of faith.

    BW3

  • Craig Beard

    Hot dog!! I’ll start saving up now.

  • Craig Beard

    I just found the prospectus online and am reading that.

  • http://www.christmyredeemer.wordpress.com Daniel Levy

    Danny D,

    I’m doing two papers that Philippians 2 is a huge part of. One paper is about the Second Temple Judaic concept of monotheism and then implications of this on Christological language in the New Testament. Second paper is a critical exegesis of Philippians 2:3-11

    I’ve never found Dr. Witherington’s old commentary on Philippians. Do you know where it is?

  • http://www.benwitherington.com ben witherington

    Friendship and Finances in Philippi is the name of my small earlier commentary.

    BW3

  • http://saintsorsceptics.blogspot.com graham veale

    Sheesh! You write books faster than I can read ‘em!!!

  • http://saintsorsceptics.blogspot.com graham veale

    You should really check out the Don Miller review of love wins – I think you’ll like the punchline!

  • Danny D

    Daniel – I did a textual reliability paper on those same Phil verses. If you want info on it to use the resources/biblio, hit me up at danny.dawson@asburyseminary.edu. To assuage any worry, I got an A on it, I wouldn’t try to smuggle info from a C paper haha!

  • http://www.benwitherington.com ben witherington

    Graham where is Don Miller’s review? I’d love to see it.

    BW3

  • http://www.resaliens.com Lyn

    Thanks Danny #9. Makes sense now, just didn’t know the jargon. Been out of seminary for quite some time. We used to call this textual-historical criticism a la Joachim Jeremias.

  • barobin

    Dr. Witherington,

    I believe I have all your commentaries but one, do you happen to have one written on Luke? I feel incomplete and lost without a Luke.


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