Q&A: Where Did Paul Write Philippians?

Where Did Paul Write Philippians?

Question

Was Paul in prison or under house arrest while writing to the church at Philippi? Where can I find this in the Bible?

Answer

The Bible does not tell us precisely where Paul was when he wrote Philippians. Scholars have generally argued for one of three localities: Caesarea, Ephesus, and Rome. The traditional view that he wrote from Rome seems to be the strongest argument, making the most sense of terms like "praetorian" (Phil. 1:13) and "Caesar's household" (Phil. 4:22). If he wrote during the imprisonment mentioned in Acts 28:16, which scholars argue to be the most likely, then he was under house arrest according to that verse. The Bible does not tell us precisely where Paul was at the time.

Answer by Ra McLaughlin

Ra McLaughlin is Vice President of Finance and Administration at Third Millennium Ministries.