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Philippians, Epistle to the
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1. General Features

In about a.d. 48/50, and hardly before 40, Paul founded the first Christian church in Europe in Philippi, which, since the decisive Roman battle of 42 b.c., bore the name “Colonia Julia Philippensis.” In the Epistle to the Philippians Paul writes to this church in Greek, although most of the inscriptions from the city are in Latin; he also ignores its military history. The names in the epistle include only one in Latin (“Clement,” 4:3). It seems, then, that most of the m…

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Karrer, Martin, “Philippians, Epistle to the”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 14 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.84>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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