Before I give the details of the giveaway, I want to write a brief note about Dr. Will Varner and his handbook on Philippians.
My first substantial interaction with Dr. Varner came in a Jude & 2 Peter class that he taught. Although I already had respect for him because of his reputation among my fellow students, taking that exegesis class was literally life-changing for me. Dr. Varner not only inspired me to learn Greek better, but he also modeled a genuine passion in caring for his students and for those in the church where he ministered. In Dr. Varner’s life I saw the academic and the pastoral come together in a special way that I will always seek to replicate in my life.
One evidence of Varner’s academic prowess is the newly released handbook on Philippians for the BHGNT (Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament). I believe this handbook on Philippians demonstrates Varner’s scholarly aptitude and is some of his finest work yet.
As some readers probably know, the BHGNT series is not an exhaustive commentary set. Rather, it is focused on commenting on the Greek text of a given book of the NT. The target audience of the series is the individual who has at least an introductory level of proficiency in Greek. The series seeks to give concise lexical and syntactical information on the Greek text underlying the NT book.
The goal of the series is not to be exhaustive, but to effectively limit the discussion to the essential grammatical and lexical elements found in the Greek text. Varner’s contribution on Philippians not only fulfills this purpose, but in a brilliant way. Not only does this handbook give exegetical guidance through Philippians, it also touches on the important textual critical issues that arise in various verses. Additionally, Varner comments on the structure of Philippians through discourse analysis. It truly amazes me that although the handbook is quite concise, it really speaks clearly and helpfully on many important exegetical and structural issues. I think this fact also testifies to Varner’s ability to write well (a talent much appreciated by his readers).
I cannot give this handbook any higher recommendation than that I look forward to using it for many years both as student and as a teacher of the book of Philippians.
I am thankful for the opportunity to give away two free handbooks on Philippians. The handbooks for the giveaway have been generously provided by Baylor and will be given away to two random commenters on this post.
In order to enter the giveaway, simply comment below (multiple comments will only count as one entry). The contest will run from July 5th through July 8th. I will then contact the winners by email for their mailing address and ship the books to them (please ensure a working email for your username).
For those who do not win the giveaway, I will be posting a 20% off discount code that you can use to order. Check back here for the code!
In full disclosure, I have received no compensation from Baylor or Dr. Varner for this review and giveaway. The sole purpose of this review and giveaway is to add my small voice of recommendation for this handbook on Philippians as a valuable tool for the student of the Greek NT.
Congratulations to Jonathan Watson and Oddyseus Andres, the winners of the giveaway. They have been contacted by email.
For those who are interested in ordering any of the Baylor handbooks, Baylor University Press is generously offering a 20% + free US shipping discount on ALL Greek handbooks! Simply follow this link and use code BGHH at checkout. The code expires on July 31st!