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The primary concern of the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series is to illuminate the meaning of the Greek text by examining its lexical and grammatical forms in order to determine the intended meaning of the original author.
Wherever necessary historical and social dimensions pertinent to the text are drawn in to help further explain the meaning of the text. Thus, this is not a commentary bogged down in academic discussion or historical debates-it is a commentary on the text that draws in these other elements in service of making the text's meaning lucid. Footnotes are minimized, and grammatical diagrams are displayed in large images. Large page format and book design make these commentaries ideal for notes, and each section is prefaced by a short summary.
Perfect preaching tools, all those working with the language of the text will find this series helpful.
Number of Pages: 480
Publication Date: 2012
Series: Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament
The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesian NICNTF.F. BruceWm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 1984 / Hardcover$36.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 5 Reviews
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Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon: Understanding the Bible Commentary SeriesArthur G. PatziaBaker Books / 2011 / Trade Paperback$18.005 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
The Message of Colossians & Philemon: The Bible Speaks Today [BST]Richard LucasInterVarsity Press / 1984 / Trade Paperback$12.99 Retail:
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Philemon, Colossians, and Ephesians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary [SRC]Ben Witherington IIIWm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2007 / Trade Paperback$21.49 Retail:
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This series is designed for those who know biblical languages. It is written primarily for the pastor and Bible teacher, not for the scholar. That is, the aim is not to review and offer a critique of every possible interpretation that has ever been given to a passage, but to exegete each passage of Scripture succinctly in its grammatical and historical context. Each passage is interpreted in the light of its biblical setting, with a view to grammatical detail, literary context, flow of biblical argument, and historical setting. While the focus will not be on application, it is expected that the authors will offer suggestions as to the direction in which application can flow.
David W. Pao (PhD Harvard University) is Professor of New Testament and Chair of the New Testament Department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His publications include Acts and the Isaianic New Exodus, Thanksgiving: An Investigation of a Pauline Theme, Early Christian Voices: In Texts, Traditions, and Symbols (coeditor), Commentary on the Gospel of Luke, and After Imperialism: Christian Identity in China and the Global Evangelical Movement (coeditor).
Clinton E. Arnold (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is Dean and Professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology in LaMirada, California.
Jimmy ReaganWest Union, OHAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great Commentary!May 10, 2017Jimmy ReaganWest Union, OHAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (ZECNT) series rings the bell again with this fine volume on Colossians and Philemon by David Pao. The more volumes in this series I peruse, the more I like the ZECNT format. The scholarship is conservative and the outlook warmly in sympathy with the biblical text. Pao holds his own with the other great scholarly writers in the series.
The Introduction to Colossians is ideal. He argues beautifully for traditional conclusions while succinctly sharing various viewpoints. Still, he doesnt let this volume drown in the weirder scholarly drama that we sometimes find in modern exegetical commentaries. He agrees with the long-accepted conclusion that Paul is the author and feels that Rome is the most likely location of the letters origin. He describes well the audience in Colossae and explains the circumstances behind the text. He sees both a Jewish legalism and syncretism at play in Colossians. He provides a helpful outline and bibliography.
The commentary on Colossians follows the usual format of discussing literary context, offering up the main idea, diagramming the text, discussing the structure, providing an exegetical outline, followed by substantial commentary on the text along with a section on theology in application. This format really serves up exactly what the pastor needs and is helpful throughout. I found his comments perceptive.
Philemon is given a similar Introduction followed by the same type of commentary format. Though I do not really agree with his rejection of seeing Onesimus as a runaway slave, its all still very helpful. Im more in sympathy with his conclusions on Colossians, but this is still a superb choice for Philemon.
This commentary ranks up there with Douglas Moo and Peter OBrien and is newer than either of them. Add to its high rating its economical price and you have a winner here. I highly recommend it!
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WF LeoMalaysiaAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful exegesis/exposition.March 18, 2013WF LeoMalaysiaAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have had a Chinese commentary on Colossians by Dr. John Pao, Dr. David Pao' father.. and it's a great exposition on Colossians. Dr David Pao's commentary on Colossians (and Philemon) is even better: excellent exegesis on `Christ, the first-born of all creation';`worship of angels'... The overall arguments are well-argued & supported with reference to ancient & contemporary authors.