The Epistle of Paul to
by Ralph P. Martin
Paul's Epistle to the
Philippians breathes warmth and cordiality; its keynote is joy.
This impression upon the modern reader is re-echoed by all
commentators, and forms the most noticeable characteristic that
distinguishes Philippians in the Pauline literature. The word
"joy" in its verbal and noun forms is found sixteen times in the
four chapters of the letter.