Philippians Book Background

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Philippians Book Background

  1. 1. Philippians Book Background Study
  2. 2. Paul’s 2 nd Missionary Journey Source: http://www.searchgodsword.org/se/pbm/browse.cgi?st=34 Letter went from Rome to Philippi
  3. 3. Geographical Background <ul><li>It is a city inside Macedonia </li></ul><ul><li>It lay on the Egnatian Road </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Philippi was an important outpost in this road </li></ul></ul><ul><li>It is a marshy plain in ancient and even modern times </li></ul>Source: http://www.bibleplaces.com/philippi.htm
  4. 4. Geographical Background Gangitis River – There are no synagogues in Philippi, this is the place where Paul teaches the gospel Source: http://www.bibleplaces.com/philippi.htm
  5. 5. Historical Background <ul><li>It was originaly called Krenides </li></ul><ul><li>In 356 BC it was occupied by King Philip of Macedonia. He renamed it Philippi. </li></ul><ul><li>King Philip was the father of Alexander the Great </li></ul><ul><li>It was occupied so that it can be used to take control of the neighboring gold mines and also to establish a strategic garrison </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Gold made King Philip wealthy </li></ul><ul><li>It was then taken by Rome in 167 B.C. </li></ul><ul><li>When Octavian became emperor and received the title “Augustus” he made it into a Roman colony. </li></ul>Historical Background Sources: Halley’s Bible Handbook (2000 edition) pp. 812 Believer’s Web: http://www.believersweb.org/view.cfm?ID=814 Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippi
  7. 7. Political Background <ul><li>It was autonomous during both the Greek and Roman Empires. </li></ul><ul><li>Livios.org even says that in the Greek era for example, people were registered as Philippians and not Macedonians.* (so the reference to the “Book of Life” is both spiritual and has socio-political significance as well) </li></ul><ul><li>They were immune from paying tribute. </li></ul><ul><li>They had the same rights and were considerd as Roman citizens as if they were living in Italy. </li></ul>Sources: Halley’s Bible Handbook (2000 edition) pp. 812 *Livius.org: http://www.livius.org/phi-php/philippi/philippi.html
  8. 8. Cultural Background <ul><li>Philippians worship Roman gods </li></ul><ul><li>It was a modern city with stadiums, theaters and other forms of Roman architecture </li></ul>Sources: http://www.wdbydana.com/philippi.htm
  9. 9. Insights <ul><li>Philippi is a place with a rich history and strategic importance. </li></ul><ul><li>Even though it was a rich city and full of Roman influences, it had a very outstanding Philippian church. </li></ul><ul><li>It just goes to show that with God nothing is impossible and we can live as upstanding Christian men and women even in the midst of such environment. </li></ul>

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