2. Paul and the Macedonian Believers

  1. Stephen Westerholm
  1. Todd D. Still

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395778.ch2

The Blackwell Companion to Paul

The Blackwell Companion to Paul

How to Cite

Still, T. D. (2011) Paul and the Macedonian Believers, in The Blackwell Companion to Paul (ed S. Westerholm), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395778.ch2

Editor Information

  1. McMaster University, Canada

Author Information

  1. George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 29 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188449

Online ISBN: 9781444395778



  • Paul and the Macedonian believers - arrival of the gospel in Macedonia through Paul and his co-workers;
  • Paul, seemingly spending time founding and forming fellowships of Christ - in Galatia, Asia and Achaia than he did in Macedonia;
  • founding of Macedonian Congregations - Paul praising the congregation for sharing in his suffering (thlipsis);
  • paucity of information in Philippians - regarding the “beginning of the gospel” in Philippi;
  • Paul's first visit to Philippi - being physically painful and socially shameful;
  • arrival of the gospel in Thessalonica - Paul and Silas, not the only ones who experienced trouble in Thessalonica;
  • Paul's continued contact - with his Macedonian Congregations;
  • The Philippians, Paul's “joy and crown” - Epistolary unity, Paul's captivity, and the Philippians' generosity;
  • Paul's confidence, extending beyond gospel partnership and progress - encompassing his very own sōtēria (“salvation, deliverance”);
  • The Macedonian Believers' support of Paul's mission and message - expressions of endearment, throughout Philippians


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Founding of Macedonian Congregations

  • Paul's Continued Contact with His Macedonian Congregations

  • The Macedonian Believers' Support of Paul's Mission and Message

  • The Macedonian Christians' Sacrificial Support of Paul's Jerusalem Collection

  • From Paul to Polycarp to Porphyrios and Beyond

  • References