Item description for Colossians and Philemon: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries) by N. T. Wright...
Overview In Colossians, Paul presents Christ as "the firstborn over all creation," and appeals to his readers to seek a maturity found only Christ. In Philemon, Paul appeals to a fellow believer to receive a runaway slave in love and forgiveness. N. T. Wright offers comment on the books Colossians and Philemon.
Publishers Description Colossians presents a picture of Christ who is 'the firstborn over all creation' and has disarmed and triumphed over the powers and authorities. The letter also appeals to its readers to seek humble maturity, a maturity not possible apart from the person and work of Jesus Christ. N. T Wright's stated goal is to "give the text back to the reader uncluttered by a mass of glosses." In Philemon, Paul makes a personal appeal to a fellow believer to receive a runaway slave, Onesimus, in love and forgiveness. For Wright, it is "an acted parable of the gospel itself." The original, unrevised text of this volume has been completely retypeset and printed in a larger, more attractive format with the new cover design for the series. The Tyndale New Testament Commentaries have long been a trusted resource for Bible study. Written by some of the world's most distinguished evangelical scholars, these twenty volumes offer clear, reliable, and relevant explanations of every book in the New Testament. These Tyndale volumes are designed to help readers understand what the Bible actually says and what it means. The introduction to each volume gives a concise but thorough description of the authorship, date, and historical background of the biblical book under consideration. The commentary itself examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. It also comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. The aim throughout is to get at the true meaning of the Bible and to make its message plain to readers today.
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Studio: IVP Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.1" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Dec 30, 2008
Publisher IVP Academic
Series Tyndale New Testament Commentaries
Series Number 12
ISBN 083084242X ISBN13 9780830842421
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More About N. T. Wright
Born in 1948 in Northumberland, England, N.T. Wright is the Bishop of Durham. He was formerly Dean of Lichfield and lecturer in New Testament studies at Oxford University as well as fellow, tutor, and chaplain of Worcester College, Oxford. He has also served as professor of New Testament language and literature in various colleges and universities. With doctorates in divinity and in philosophy from the University of Oxford, N. T. Wright is a member of the Society for New Testament Studies, the Society of Biblical Literature, the Institute for Biblical Research, the Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical Research, and the Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars. He has published more than 40 works at both scholarly and popular levels related to New Testament studies, especially on the origins of Christianity and Biblical Christology.
N. T. Wright has an academic affiliation as follows - Worcester College, Oxford.
N. T. Wright has published or released items in the following series...
Christian Origins and the Question of God (Paperback)
Reviews - What do customers think about Colossians and Philemon: An Introduction and Commentary (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries)?
A Fantastic Introduction for the Layperson Seeking Understanding of These Letters May 20, 2009
An oft unread - or perhaps undiscussed - letter of the New Testament is Paul's letter to Philemon, asking him (in subtle but not uncertain terms) that he should free Onesimus, the former's runaway slave.
It is an interesting letter to consider for those probing the social implications of the gospel message N.T. Wright's highly engaging and astute commentary in Colossians and Philemon recently re-released by Intervarsity Press, offers a great starting point for those considerations. Moreover, Wright affirms that this story is a parable of the Gospel itself (read it and you will find out how!) Wright is exceptionally clear in his writing and thinking (he is known for this). This volume is well worth the meager cost to better understand the Word of God from an accomplished and respected scholar like Wright. While he is controversial in some of his views (see his recent work Justification: God's Plan and Paul's Vision, also published by IVP Press), few doubt that Scripture is his authority and guide.
This volume is a part of the Tyndale New Testament Commentary series, a series of affordable and understandable (i.e., you don't have to be in seminary) commentaries currently under the IVP imprint.
I give it 4 stars because it is not meant for everyone. I think this is great for adults who aren't pastors or hold divinity degrees, but if you're looking for a technical commentary, or a devotional one, this one (and the others in the series) will leave much to be desired. For more technical commentaries, consult www.bestcommentaries.com.
A phenomenal commentary for its size Sep 1, 2007
Wright manages to have just the right balance of theology, application, and academics in this commentary on Philemon and Colossians. He clues the reader in whenever there is a substantial dispute behind a phrase or word, but he succinctly gives his position, justifies it, and then cites to other works in a footnote for those who want to dig deeper. His comments on the pastoral application of Paul's writing are pointed and insightful. And it certainly helps that Wright is a wonderful writer -- this commentary is simply a pleasure to read.
While longer treatments might be more useful for the academic, I imagine any pastor or lay teacher would be very satisfied with this little gem of a book.