Colossians & Philemon Verse by Verse: Osborne New Testament Commentaries
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While the apostle Paul was in prison, he wrote to the Colossian Christians to help them maintain their focus on the lordship of Jesus against the claims of false teachers that had snuck in among them. At the same time as he sent this letter to the wider church, he also sent a short letter to his friend and coworker Philemon that displays Paul's masterful skill at conflict resolution.

In Colossians & Philemon Verse by Verse, respected biblical scholar Grant R. Osborne carefully and accessibly makes sense of these two important letters, while at the same time drawing on his years of scholarly research on the New Testament. The result is a clear exposition of Colossians and Philemon, explaining what they meant in their first-century setting and what they mean today.

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The Osborne New Testament Commentaries interpret Scripture verse by verse, bridging the gap between scholarship and the Church. This set of commentaries is for people seeking a straightforward explanation of the text in its context, avoiding either oversimplification or technical complexity. Osborne brings out the riches of the New Testament, making each book accessible for pastors and all who consider themselves students of Scripture.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Lexham Press
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1577997360
ISBN-13: 9781577997368
Series: Osborne New Testament Commentaries

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Publisher's Description

The primary theme of Paul's letter to the Colossians is the lordship of Christ. Writing from prison, Paul urges the Colossian believers to remain focused on Jesus even as false teachers have infiltrated the church. In his letter to Philemon, a prominent co-worker in the Colossian church, Paul spells out some of the practical implications of Christ's lordship when it comes to relationships with others.

In Colossians & Philemon Verse by Verse, Grant R. Osborne offers a clear exposition of these letters that takes seriously both their first-century context and what they mean today. Pastors, Bible study leaders, and invested laypeople will all benefit from Osborne's careful reading of the text and commitment to making sense of God's Word without scholarly jargon.

The Osborne New Testament Commentary Series is a set of commentaries on every New Testament book. In each volume, Grant R. Osborne seeks to carefully exposit the text in plain language, bringing out the treasures in each book and making them accessible for today's readers.

Author Bio

Grant R. Osborne is professor emeritus of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of numerous books, including The Hermeneutical Spiral: A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation, and commentaries on Revelation (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament), Romans (IVP New Testament Commentary), Matthew (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament), and John, James, 1-2 Peter, and Jude (Cornerstone Biblical Commentary). He has also taught at Winnipeg Theological Seminary and the University of Aberdeen, and has pastored churches in Ohio and Illinois.

Author Bio

Grant R. Osborne (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is a respected biblical scholar and professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He also serves as series editor for the IVP New Testament Commentary Series, for which he contributed the volume on Romans. He has also written on Revelation for the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. His seminal work, The Hermeneutical Spiral, has become a standard for biblical interpretation, and as a culmination of his life’s ministry, he's bringing his academic acumen to an accessible, application-focused commentary in the Osborne New Testament Commentary series.

Editorial Reviews

"With this new series, readers will have before them what we—his students—experienced in all of Professor Osborne's classes: patient regard for every word in the text, exegetical finesse, a preference for an eclectic resolution to the options facing the interpreter, a sensitivity to theological questions, and most of all a reverence for God's word."

—Scot McKnight, Julius R. Mantey Professor in New Testament, Northern Seminary

"The Osborne New Testament Commentaries draw from the deep well of a lifetime of serious study and teaching. They present significant interpretive insights in a highly accessible, spiritually nurturing format. This is a tremendous resource that will serve a new generation of Bible readers well for years to come. Highly recommended!"

—Andreas J. Kӧstenberger, Founder of Biblical Foundations™, senior research professor of New Testament & biblical theology, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Editorial Reviews

"A passion for deep, responsible, and faithful biblical interpretation has been a hallmark of Grant Osborne's ministry in both the academy and church. His writings have long been in use by scholars. In these commentaries on Colossians and Philemon he gifts to all of us a reliable, meaty exposition in everyday language. Those studying the Bible personally and in groups, as well as pastors and teachers, have here a good resource. It is rooted in scholarship, for the church, and gets straight to the point. This is serious thinking, plainly written."
--Jon C. Laansma, Associate Professor of Greek and New Testament, Wheaton College and Graduate School
"Grant Osborne is ideally suited to write a series of concise commentaries on the New Testament. His exegetical and hermeneutical skills are well known, and anyone who has had the privilege of being in his classes also knows his pastoral heart and wisdom. This commentary is ideal for pastors and Bible study leaders as it pays close attention to the text without getting lost in technical details. Osborne expounds the text faithfully, asking what God was saying through Paul to the Colossians and to Philemon and what that means for us today. This will be a wonderful resource for preachers and Bible study leaders, and for help in daily Bible reading."
--Ray Van Neste, Professor of Biblical Studies, Director of the Ryan Center for Biblical Studies, Union University
"Grant Osborne is an eminent New Testament scholar and warm-hearted professor who loves the word of God. Through decades of effective teaching at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and church ministry around the world, he has demonstrated an ability to guide his readers in a careful understanding of the Bible. This accessible new commentary on Colossians and Philemon helps readers understand the text clearly and accurately. But it also draws us to consider the implications of the text, providing key insights on faithful application and preaching that reflect a lifetime of ministry experience. This unique combination of scholarship and practical experience makes this volume an invaluable resource for all students of God's word, and especially those who are called to preach and teach."
--H. Wayne Johnson, Associate Academic Dean and associate professor of pastoral theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"For many years it has been my privilege to serve with Dr. Osborne as a fellow elder in our church and to observe him preaching and teaching the New Testament to enthralled laypeople. This commentary (series) provides exactly what our church has appreciated again and again: his winsome ability to step down the current of high-voltage scholarship in ways that illuminate the biblical text for ordinary Christians, and energize them to light their world for Christ!"
--Todd Habegger, Senior Pastor, Village Church of Gurnee (IL)
"With this new series, readers will have before them what we--his students--experienced in all of Professor Osborne's classes: patient regard for every word in the text, exegetical finesse, a preference for an eclectic resolution to the options facing the interpreter, a sensitivity to theological questions, and most of all a reverence for God's word."
--Scot McKnight, Julius R. Mantey Professor in New Testament, Northern Seminary

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