Item description for Colossians (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) by Markus Barth, Helmut Blanke & Astrid B. Beck...
Overview From the son of the great Swiss theologian, Karl Barth, comes this landmark commentary on the Apostle Paul's Letter to the Church at Colossae. With a new translation and comprehensive analysis, Markus Barth's and Helmut Blanke's commentary is destined to become the definitive work in its field.
Publishers Description The Apostle Paul's Letter to the Colossians offers a valuable and intimate glimpse into the life of a fledgling Christian community as it struggled to define Christian doctrine and theology. Paul was prompted to write to the Colossian assembly when he heard that "false teachers" had joined the congregation and were advocating dangerous, nonChristian practices. In an effort to appear superior, these heretical teachers were luring Christians to exercise asceticism, moral rigorism, and esoteric rituals--hallmarks of other "mystery" and pagan cults. In his passionate letter, Paul denounces these extreme and elitist practices and firmly defends a life in Christ. He proclaims that pure, simple worship of Christ alone is the most powerful statement of faith. In their astute and lucid commentary, eminent New Testament scholars Markus Barth and Helmut Blanke re-create the turbulent age of the birth of Christianity and examine the myriad "outside" influences--from cold, rational Hellenistic philosophy to exclusive, ethereal Gnostic thought--that often threatened the evolution of Christian theology. Colossians not only provides a new and carefully balanced analysis of this pivotal New Testament text but also chronicles the development of Christian thought as it gradually spread throughout the Roman Empire.
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Studio: Yale University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.2" Height: 1.29" Weight: 1.75 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2005
Publisher Yale University Press
Series Anchor Bible Commentary
ISBN 030013987X ISBN13 9780300139877
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More About Markus Barth, Helmut Blanke & Astrid B. Beck
The late Markus Barth held a chair in New Testament studies at the University of Basel in Switzerland. He was the son of the great theologian Karl Barth. Helmut Blanke was a student of Markus Barth's and earned his Th.D. at the University of Basel.
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Top tier commentary on Colossians Dec 8, 2009
Markus Barth is a German theologian and son of the famous Karl Barth. The commentary was originally in German and translated to English, despite Barth spending much of his life in America teaching and preaching in Reformed and Evangelical ministries. The commentary was primarily written by Barth, yet was completed by others when his health began to fail. Of the volumes of the Anchor Bible, this addition (Volume 34B) stands out as one of its most highly thought of commentaries.
Many commentaries on Colossians are shoehorned into a volume with another of Paul's epistles (most commonly Ephesians and Philemon, as in NICNT, but also with Philippians and Philemon, as in the NAC). There are great discussions on Colossians that are missed when this is undertaken. Of the commentaries on Colossians, few go into as great detail as Barth and Blanke. They dig deep into the purpose and authorship of the epistle exiting with a view of Pauline authorship combating a Jewish/pagan heresy. For instance, the authors spend nearly 130 of the 550+pages discussing these topics from many different viewpoints. As the authors proceed through the text of Colossians, they begin with an English translation of a segment, then they provide two sections of commentary beginning with Notes (technical discussion) and proceeding to Comments (more pastoral aspects.) Foreign words are transliterated. Thus, Barth's Colossians is accessible to both scholars while remaining pastoral in nature.
The text is one of the most highly readable texts I have encountered in my collection of commentaries. Bauer (An Annotated Guide to Biblical Resources for Ministry) describes the text as "bordering on poetic." I have to agree.
The commentary utilizes footnotes rather than endnotes to preclude flipping back and forth. Moreover, it includes a host of indexes and an extensive bibliography. Of the indexes, Barth includes a Scriptural Index, an Index of Premodern Sources, an Index of Modern Sources, an Index of Modern Authors, an Index of Foreign Words, and an Index of Subjects. Therefore, finding information in the text is exceedingly easy.
While I have not cast off my volume of NICNT on Colossians (and Ephesians and Philemon) as being my initial go-to commentary, when I am doing deep study on Colossians, Barth's edition in the Anchor Bible is the second book I pull from the shelf.
I highly recommend this text for all who desire to dig deeply into the issues found in and surrounding Paul's epistle to the Colossians.