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The Progress of the Gospel in Philippians 1:12-18A

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This chapter focuses upon Paul's letter to the Philippians. Many interpreters continue to regard the letter as composite, and thus eo ipso as lacking any unifying focus or central interest. A feature of the letter which has been largely overlooked is the remarkable concentration in Philippians of language relating to the gospel, mission and preaching. The thanksgiving period in Paul serves to introduce the primary themes to be developed in the body of the letter. The chapter shows that Paul understood the Philippians' partnership for the gospel to involve not only their financial support, but also their own missionizing activity for the extension of the gospel, and that Paul reflects throughout Philippians 1:12-2:18 upon the spread of the gospel through the Christian community. The letter to the Philippians was written from prison most likely in Rome. Paul's active mission of verbal proclamation stands out clearly in Philippians 1:12-13.

Keywords: Christian community; gospel; Paul's letter; Philippians; Rome; verbal proclamation

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