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Colossians and Philemon: Tyndale New Testament Commentary [TNTC]
IVP Academic / 2008 / Paperback
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World famous scholar, N.T. Wright brings to all of his writing, wit, acumen, encyclopedic knowledge, and above all accessibility. Wright often composes for non-scholarly crowds, and in this volume for the Tyndale New Testament Commentary series, Wright is at his best. Colossians and Philemon, the former of which is often overlooked is very important epistle for theological themes of Christology, and the relationship of Christianity to other modes of thought. This edition, although recently republished, is some of Wright's earliest work as an international scholar.
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.
N. T. Wright, formerly bishop of Durham in England, is research professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He was formerly canon theologian of Westminster Abbey and dean of Lichfield Cathedral. He also taught New Testament studies for twenty years at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities. Wright's full-scale works and are part of a projected six-volume series titled Christian Origins and the Question of God. Among his many other published works are and
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