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Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Influential!November 2, 2017Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This volume in the New International Greek Testament Commentary (NIGTC) series is by famous scholar James D. G. Dunn. He is, perhaps, most famous for being one of the main proponents of the New Perspective on Paul (NPP). While I do not find that perspective plausible, I do appreciate the clarity with which Mr. Dunn explained his position. As you might imagine, that perspective does sway the commentary on Colossians and Philemon. If you would agree with me that that perspective might be the flaw of this commentary, then the quality of writing found here that is often absent in other such works is its strength. Even if the scholarship is swayed by his perspective, no one can doubt the depths of the scholarship itself.
The style of the commentary matches what Ive seen in other volumes of this series. Though the commentary on each verse begins with the phrase in Greek, its still easy to follow for those who dont read Greek. I would not avoid this commentary for that reason.
The Introduction to Colossians begins after a lengthy bibliography. He first discusses the significance of the book, followed by the background of Colossae and its Christianity. He admits the lack of archaeological excavation in Colossae imbibes conclusions with uncertainty. I had trouble following him in some of the presuppositions that ultimately lead to his perspective on Paul. I certainly couldnt agree with his lack of acceptance of the authorship of Paul. After a brief discussion of structure, he jumps into the commentary itself. Though his perspective on Paul is always going to be present, I still found his commentary interesting and the one I would want to consult from that perspective.
The commentary on Philemon is set up in a similar way. The Introduction discusses the author, the recipient, the occasion, and the place of writing. I was amazed that he didnt allow himself to be submersed into the subject of slavery that consumes most other scholars these days. I appreciated that approach.
Though perhaps not as conservative as some, this is a major commentary that demands to be reckoned with. For that reason, I must recommend this book.
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shaun price4 Stars Out Of 5November 15, 2006shaun priceDunn does a good job dealing with the Greek text and building upon what other authors have contributed. One problem I had with the commentary was Dunn's understanding that there was little to nothing of the "Colossian heresy," which is rather divergent from most commentators.
Peter Amue4 Stars Out Of 5March 21, 2005Peter AmuePhilemon is not the only personal letter. Lightfoot says 'It is the only strictly private letter which has been preserved'pg. 303.
Will5 Stars Out Of 5May 28, 2004WillActually, Luke, Acts, and the letters to Timothy and Titus are all personal letters. Philemon is not the only one.
Peter Amu4 Stars Out Of 5May 2, 2001Peter AmuA very good commentary on the epistle to the Colossians and Philippians, and can be ranked alongside the one by Petr Pokorn. In Colossians one gains a valuable insight to the Christians during the first century in Asia Minor, and Dunn points out that this letter is an important stage in the development of Pauline theology. The letter to Philemon is the only personal letter in the New Testament. Dunn provides a very detailed exposition on both books, and you do not have to be a master of the Greek to read it. Like all the other volumes in the set, it is a must for anybody who wants to get a better understanding of the books of the New Testament. I strongly recommend it.
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