Item description for Treasures of Wisdom: Studies in Colossians & Philemon (Kent Collection) by Homer A. Kent, JR....
Overview This commentary speaks to concerns of high interest in society today - the spirit world, angels, the occult, human rights, and social discrimination. The commentary is based on the author's own translation from the Greek.
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Studio: BMH Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.56" Weight: 0.71 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2006
Publisher BMH Books
Series Kent Collection
ISBN 0884692493 ISBN13 9780884692492
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More About Homer A. Kent, JR.
DR. HOMER A. KENT, JR. (A.B., Bob Jones University; B.D., Th.M., Th.D., Grace Theological Seminary), was professor of New Testament and Greek at Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Indiana. He is the author of "The Pastoral Epistles."
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Useful commentary Jan 20, 2009
The book, Treasures of Wisdom by Homer Kent is basically an exegetical commentary of the books of Colossians and Philemon. As is promised in the preface, it brings the reader through a `careful study' of these two books, going verse by verse, phrase by phrase, to try to explain the meaning of the two epistles. The author is thorough and methodical, as he goes into a detailed discussion of each phrase and sometimes even word, often times referring to the verse in Greek as well. Before each of the books, he also provides a succinct and useful introduction to the epistles, describing the background, authorship, occasion and other useful titbits of information that would aid the reader in getting a better understanding of the letter.
The style of writing used by Dr. Kent is simple and clear, describing the meaning of the text in a language almost anyone would be able to understand. An able exegete, he interprets the verses based on the historical context of the situation. He also interprets scripture literally, and closely follows the grammatical structure of the text to aid in his explanations. Often times, the author would use his extensive knowledge of the Greek words and phrasing to explain the text. He would explain certain words that are not so clear in the English, and also interact with the grammatical structures of certain phrases, using his knowledge of Greek syntax to point out certain nuances of the text not so readily evident in the English translation.
The stand taken by the author is also generally conservative, as he tends to take the traditional view on most things, sticking to the clear, logical meaning as given in the scriptures.
The book is also peppered with photographs to help break up the monotony of just text, and also help to bring the reader closer to the period of 1st century Christianity through the use of these visual aids. At times, the author also does well to describe the historical situation through his wide knowledge of anthropology, geography and archaeology. It helped greatly in aiding the reader to understand certain nuances of the text.
However, I did find it rather difficult to read the book through from cover to cover, as the author only provided a pure exposition of the text, explaining the meaning and flow of the verses, without providing any application at all. Although it is not what the author intended, and therefore of no fault of his, it did make the book somewhat dry at times, and also difficult to follow. Thus whilst the book would be very useful if regarded as a commentary, which can be referred to when one desires to know the meaning of a certain portion of the text, to read the book in a sitting from start to finish can become quite tedious.
Also, because the verses were not included within the text of the book, one would have to refer to the Bible whilst reading the book to know what the author was talking about, in order not to get lost. Also, because he did not specify the actual segment of the verses in which he was discussing, and at times only mentioned the Greek phrase and not the English that he was explaining, it was difficult to find out exactly which part of the text he was talking about. This I found to be most inconvenient, and can be easily improved by adding in the text of the scriptures before each explanation. Therefore I would view this book as more of a reference book, than a book to be read from cover to cover.
Another very major fault of this book lies in the author's basic presupposition regarding the text of the Bible in the original Greek. To him, the best, preferred and more highly regarded Greek manuscripts are `ancient manuscripts' other than the Textus Receptus. On page 168 of the book, he calls the Sinaiticus and Vaticanus manuscripts as `important manuscripts', and thus are the ones to which he refers to time and time again. However, these manuscripts have been proven to be `the most scandalously corrupt copies extant, exhibit the most shamefully mutilated texts which are anywhere to be met with... the depositories of the largest amount of fabricated readings, ancient blunders, and intentional perversions of Truth..' (John Burgon, The Revision Revised, 16). Yet throughout the book, the author would continually mention `textual variants', and seek to prove that the reading given by these older and more reliable manuscripts are the ones that we should follow. With the many extent variants before him, he would then have to use his own human judgment to decide which word is the `preferred reading'. It also leaves the reader with much doubt, for those who do not know Greek would be at the mercy of his subjective opinion as to which reading should be accepted as the Word of God. This is most troubling, dangerous, and even detrimental to the faith of the readers.
Therefore I would recommend this book only with caution only to discerning readers. It is on one hand a useful commentary for those who are interested in a more in depth and detail exposition of these two books. The clear and concise explanations given, coupled with the informative historical contexts given would greatly aid anyone who wanted to know the text of the scripture better. However, it must be a book referred to and read with caution, because of the author's views and frequent use of textual criticism. It would help if the reader had a good knowledge of Greek as well, in order to benefit most from the book, for then he would be able to understand and appreciate the frequent references to the words in Greek and also the grammar of the original languages.