Colossians and Philemon

Colossians and Philemon


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In this addition to the award-winning BECNT series, leading New Testament scholar and bestselling author G. K. Beale offers a substantive evangelical commentary on Colossians and Philemon. With extensive research and thoughtful chapter-by-chapter exegesis, Beale leads readers through all aspects of Colossians and Philemon—sociological, historical, and theological—to help them better understand the meaning and relevance of these biblical books.

As with all BECNT volumes, this commentary features the author's detailed interaction with the Greek text and an acclaimed, user-friendly design. It admirably achieves the dual aims of the series—academic sophistication with pastoral sensitivity and accessibility—making it a useful tool for pastors, church leaders, students, and teachers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801026676
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Series: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament Series
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 444,273
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

G. K. Beale (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of New Testament and biblical theology and holds the J. Gresham Machen Chair of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is coeditor (with D. A. Carson) of the Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament and the author of numerous books, including A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New, Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, and commentaries on Revelation and 1 and 2 Thessalonians.

Table of Contents

Series Preface ix

Author's Preface xi

Abbreviations xv

Transliteration xxiii

Map xxv


Introduction to Colossians 1

I Letter Opening; Paul and Timothy Desire Grace and Peace for the Colossians (1:1-2) 23

II Letter Thanksgiving: Paul Thanks God for the Readers' Christian Lives (1:3-23) 31

A Paul Recognizes the Genuine Faith, Love, and Hope of God's End-Time People (1:3-8) 32

B Paul Prays Continually That Believers Would Understand God's Will (1:9-14) 52

C Christ's Supremacy over the First Creation Is a Pattern for the New Creation (1:15-23) 77

III Letter Body: Christians Should Strive for Maturity (1:24-4:6) 133

A Paul Rejoices in His Struggle to Proclaim Christ (1:24-2:5) 134

B Believers Should Live Only on the Basis of Christ (2:6-15) 168

C Believers Should Not Be Required to Submit to Extraordinary Religious Practices (2:16-23) 212

D Believers Should Seek Heavenly Things and Not Old Earthly Things (3:1-4) 261

E Believers Must Lay Aside the Sinful Lifestyle of the Old World (3:5-11) 271

E Believers Should Live a New-Creational Lifestyle with a Christocentric Focus (3:12-17) 293

G Believers Should Live Out the New-Creational Lifestyle in the Family and Workplace (3:18-4:1) 313

H The New-Creational Lifestyle Should Lead to Prayer for the Effective Spread of the Gospel (4:2-6) 333

IV Letter Closing: Paul Emphasizes His Pastoral Concern for the Colossians (4:7-18) 349


Introduction to Philemon 367

I Letter Opening: Paul and Timothy Desire Grace and Peace for Philemon and the Colossian Church (1-3) 375

II Introductory Thanksgiving and Prayer: Paul Thanks God for Philemon and Prays for Him (4-7) 382

III Letter Body: Paul's Appeal (8-21) 396

A Paul Appeals to Philemon's Inner Heart (8-14) 398

B Paul Confidently Appeals to Philemon to Accept His Slave (15-21) 418

IV Letter Closing: Paul Asks Philemon to Show Him Pastoral Concern, and Paul Shows His Pastoral Concern for the Church in Philemon's House (22-25) 433


1 The Problem of Using the Criteria of Vocabulary and Writing Style to Discern Purportedly Non-Pauline Letters 439

2 Criteria for Discerning Old Testament Allusions and Their Use 443

3 "Christ among the Gentiles" as Parr of the Mystery 449

4 The Old Testament Background of "the Uncircunicision of Your Flesh" in Colossians 2:13 452

5 The Master-Slave Relationship 455

Works Cited 459

Index of Subjects 476

Index of Authors 478

Index of Greek Words 484

Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Writings 485

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