"'Reading the New Testament' is a commentary series that aims to present cutting-edge research in popular form that is accessible to upper-level undergraduates, seminarians, seminary-educated pastors, and educated laypeople, as well as to graduate students and professors. The volumes in this series do not follow the word-by-word, phrase-by-phrase, verse-by-verse method of traditional commentaries. Rather they are concerned to understand large thought units and their relationship to an author's thought as a whole. . .The approach of these volumes involves a concern both for how an author communicates and what the religious point of the text is. . .Throughout, the basic concern is to treat the New Testament texts as religious documents whose religious message needs to be set forth with compelling clarity."-from the Editor's Preface. This volume is by Bonnie Thurston and it presents a "big picture" look at the letters of Colossians, Ephesians, and 2 Thessalonians.