OK, ladies, this is going to be nothing earth shattering for you. However, I chose to go about the initial study of the book of Philippians by first getting to know the background of the Philippians. I realized that though I am familiar with the name of the book, I have never stopped to research the city, the culture, or the residents that appear elsewhere in the Bible.
A little bit of research into the city of Philippi, the people who lived in Philippi, their culture, and even the background of Paul as he wrote this letter all serve as a purpose to help this book come to life for me.
It no longer becomes words on a page and key verses that I recognize from sermons. It becomes a view into history. A letter written to an actual people.
As I listen in on what Paul has to say to this church at Philippi, the Holy Spirit uses this fresh perspective to change and challenge me.
Here’s a few links that I used and read that gave me a good understanding of the city, the church of Philippi, and Paul when he wrote it. The way I found these articles was doing a google search of the church of Philippi and the city of Philippi. I tried to mainly stick with websites that had writers from reputable places (like the following two whose writers I believe are from Dallas Theological Seminary). I did however also read the Wikipedia article on Philippi to see what, if anything differed from the other articles I had read.
Happy studying ladies! Would love to hear what websites or books you have used to get background information on the book. Also, does getting the background information of the book help you in any way as you read the book?