PARTITION THEORIES ON PHILIPPIANS
Compiled by Robert Jewett, Ph.D.

 
F. W. Beare (1959) F. F. Bruce (1981)
Letter A - 4:10-20 Letter A -- 3:2-4:9
Letter B - 1:1-3:1; (3:2-4:1); 4:2-9, 21-23 Letter B -- 1:1-3:1; 4:10-23
 
Walter Schmithals (1957) Willi Marxsen (1968) J. Müller-Bardoff (1957-58)
Letter A - 4:10-23  Letter A - 4:10-20  Letter A - 4:10-20
Letter B - 1:1-3:1; 4:4-7 Letter B - 1:1-3:1; 4:4-7, 21-23 Letter B - 1:1-1:26; 2:17-18; 1:27-2:16; 4:1-3; 2:19-30
Letter C - 3:2-4:3; 4:8-9 Letter C - 3:2-4:3; 4:8-9 Letter C - 3:2-21; 4:8-9
 
 
B. B. Ratjen (1959-60) Joseph Fitzmyer (1968)
Letter A - 4:10-20 Letter A - 1:1-2; 4:10-20
Letter B - 1:1-2:30; 4:21-23 Letter B -- 1:3-3:1; 4:4-9, 21-23 
Letter C - 3:1-4:9 Letter C - 3:2-4:3


1. F. W. Beare, A Commentary on the Epistle to the Philippians (London, 1959). F. F. Bruce, "St. Paul in Macedonia: 3. The Philippian Correspondence," Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, LXIII (1981), 260-284.

2. W. Schmithals, "Die Irrleher des Philipperbriefes," Zeitschrift für Theologie und Kirche, LIV (1957), 297-341. W. Marxsen, Introduction to the New Testament, trans. G. Buswell (Philadelphia, 1968), 61-62. J. Müller-Bardoff, "Zur Frage der literarischen Einheit des Philipperbriefes," WZJena, VII (1957-58), 591-604. B. B. Ratjen, "The Three Letters of Paul to the Philippians," New Testament Studies, VI (1959-60), 167-173. J. Fitzmyer, "The Letter to the Philippians," The Jerome Biblical Commentary, eds. Raymond E. Brown, Joseph Fitzmyer, and Roland E. Murphy (New Jersey, 1968), 248.

3. G. Bornkamm, "Der Philipperbrief als paulinische Briefsammlung," Neotestamentica et Patristica, Freundsgabe O. Cullmann (Leiden, 1962), 192ff.

4. For recent defenses of the integrity of Philippians, see T. E. Pollard, "The Integrity of Philippians," New Testament Studies, XIII (1966-67), 57-66 and Robert Jewett, "The Epistolary Thanksgiving and the Integrity of Philippians," Novum Testamentum, XII (1970), 40-53; W. J. Dalton, "Integrity of Philippians," Biblica, 60 (1979), 97-102; B. S. Mackay, "Further Thoughts on Philippians," New Testament Studies, VII (1960-61), 161-170.