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Overview

To the Colossians, preoccupied with legal codes and intellectual disputes, Paul wrote a letter stressing not only the centrality of Christ but also the need for Christians to live out their faith in genuine community. Paul's antidote to a privatized and intellectualized faith will provide relief to many Christians today.

To Philemon, a powerful church leader, Paul wrote a strong personal letter asking him to embark on a new relationship with his slave Onesimus. Drawing on insights from Scott Bartchy, Robert Wall argues that the issue had more to do with power relationships than with slavery. As a model for conflict resolution and mutual relations within the Christian community Paul's letter has much to offer the church today.

In this careful study of Colossians and Philemon, readers will find introductions that discuss the letter's occasion and purpose, authorship, and other background information, as well as important theological themes. Passage-by-passage commentaries follow that seek to explain what each letter means for us today as well as what it meant for its original hearers.

Students, pastors, Bible teachers and everyone who wants to understand Paul's message for the church will benefit from this excellent resource.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830818129
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Series: IVP New Testament Commentary Series , #12
  • Pages: 225
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Wall (Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of biblical studies at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. He is also the author of Revelation in the New International Biblical Commentary series (HendricClousekson Publishers).

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Table of Contents

General Preface
Author's Preface
Introduction to Colossians
Outline of Colossians
Commentary on Colossians
Introduction to Philemon
Outline of Philemon
Commentary on Philemon
Bibliography

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