The Expository Times
"Accessible, lucid, and broadly informative on many related theological and historical topics. . . From a narrow window, the authors have surveyed a very wide panorama. This commentary is immense, interesting, intriguingbut not intimidating."
The Master's Seminary Journal
"This work deserves a place as one of the best of all time in contributing information on background issues and exegesis of the epistle. . . The commentary is lengthy, but the information is much of value. . . Extensive discussions of the work form a major contribution to professors and students in deep NT scholarly study. Others who are patient to read and reflect, such as pastors who do in-depth study, will derive much profit, agreeing at times and disagreeing at others."
The Bible Today
"This is a major scholarly commentary on Paul's briefest and most enticing letter. . . The strength of the commentary is not only its judicious exposition of the text itself but also the extensive introduction which provides a wealth of information and perspective on the social and cultural context of the letter. Undoubtedly this will be a classic work on Philemon for many years to come."
David E. Garland
"Markus Barth provides us with an exceptional treasure trove of relevant ancient and modern material to enrich our understanding of ancient slavery and the interpretation of Philemon. A remarkable repository of learning, this volume brings Paul's world and thought to life as a seasoned guide takes readers on a fascinating tour of every nook and cranny of the apostle's most personal letter. This book will hardly be surpassed."