Paul's Koinonia with the Philippians:
A Socio-Historical Investigation of a
Pauline Economic Partnership

Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. No.377


By: Julien M. Ogereau
January 2015
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9783161534881
606 Pages
$172.50 Paper original


Julien M. Ogereau explores the socio-economic dimension of Paul's koinonia with the Philippians from a Graeco-Roman perspective. After conducting a rigorous philological study of the business terminology Paul employs in Philippians in the light of documentary sources (papyri and inscriptions), he offers a thorough socio-economic reading of the letter that is informed by ancient cultural conventions. Challenging recent scholarship, Ogereau concludes that Paul's relationship with the Philippians followed the well-established pattern of economic partnerships ( koinonia/societas ), whereby Paul supplied the ars and opera (skill and labour), while the Philippians contributed the pecunia (funds).