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Scot McKnight provides a careful textual analysis of the controversial letter to Philemon. Though its content challenges social barriers and establishes new realities of conduct and fellowship, Philemon has also been misused to justify slavery. McKnight offers a much-needed careful exegesis, contrasting ancient conventions with the practice of modern slavery and providing the context for a faithful and accurate reading.
|Title: Letter to Philemon: New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT)|
By: Scot McKnight
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.13 (inches)|
Weight: 14 ounces
Stock No: WW873828
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Paul's letter to Philemon carries a strong message of breaking down social barriers and establishing new realities of conduct and fellowship. It is also a disturbing text that has been used to justify slavery. Though brief, Philemon requires close scrutiny.
In this commentary Scot McKnight offers careful textual analysis of Philemon and brings the practice of modern slavery into conversation with the ancient text. Too often, McKnight says, studies of this short letter gloss over the issue of slaveryan issue that must be recognized and dealt with if Christians are to read Philemon faithfully. Pastors and scholars will find in this volume the insight they need to preach and teach this controversial book in meaningful new ways.
Lexington Theological Seminary
"Scot McKnight has given us a bold study of this controversial little letter. He stares unflinchingly into the realities of slavery. . . . Working from conservative positions on critical issues, McKnight sees the letter to Philemon as demanding that the church today work in society to bring reconciliation and liberation to a world in need of both."
author of Slavery in Early Christianity
"With thoughtful attention to the painful realities of Roman slavery, McKnight invites churches to approach this deeply disturbing letter as an invitation to become spaces of reconciliation, communities that subvert slavery by naming it, by fighting against it, and by embodying a new way of life. "
Michael F. Bird
Ridley College, Melbourne
"A lucid and illuminating verse-by-verse analysis of Pauls letter to Philemon. Scot McKnight soberly tackles the topics of Roman slavery, reconciliation, and Pauls vision for churches to be dominated not by power relationships but by sibling-like relationships rooted in the new creation. McKnight makes this small letter stand tall among the writings of the Pauline corpus. A sheer joy to read!"