"'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.
Like other volumes in this unique series, Reading Colossians, Ephesians, & 2 Thessalonians focuses on comprehending the major themes of the epistles and their relationship to the understanding of the early Christian communities. With the focus on the work in its entirety rather than a verse-by-verse methodology, this volume will appeal to the professional and nonprofessional alike, as well as to college and seminary students.