Colossians and Philemon: A New Covenant Commentary

Colossians and Philemon: A New Covenant Commentary

by Michael F. Bird


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Colossians and Philemon: A New Covenant Commentary by Michael F. Bird

Michael Bird's commentary on Colossians and Philemon pays close attention to the socio-historical context, the flow and dynamics of the text, their argumentative strategy, theological message, and the meaning of Colossians and Philemon for the contemporary church today. Bird situates Colossians in the context of Paul's Ephesian ministry and describes how Paul attempts to persuade a congregation in the Lycus Valley to remain firm in the Gospel and to grasp the cosmic majesty of Jesus Christ over and against the views of certain Jewish mystics who have thrown the Colossians into confusion. He shows how, in the letter to Philemon, Paul intercedes for a slave estranged from his master through a carefully crafted feat of pastoral persuasion from a missionary friend of Philemon.

This book combines exegetical insight, rhetorical analysis, theological exposition, and practical application all in one short volume. Bird shows Paul at work as a theologian, pastor, and missionary in his letters to the Colossians and Philemon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718892371
Publisher: Lutterworth Press, The
Publication date: 08/12/2011
Series: New Testament at Crossway College Series
Pages: 177
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

About the Author: Michael F. Bird is lecturer in Theology and New Testament at Crossway College in Brisbane, Australia. He is the author of several books including Jesus and the Origins of the Gentile Mission, The Saving Righteousness of God, A Birds-Eye View of Paul, and Are You the One Who is to Come? The Historical Jesus and the Messianic Question.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Abbreviations ix

Introduction to Colossians and Philemon 1


1:1-2 33

1:3-14 36

Fusing the Horizons: The Global Church 45

1:15-20 47

Fusing the Horizons: Christological Assertions 58

1:21-23 60

1:24-2:7 63

2:8-23 72

Fusing the Horizons: Common Faith 89

Excursus: Colossians and the Roman Empire 90

3:1-17 94

Fusing the Horizons: Doctrine and Life 110

3:18-4:1 112

4:2-18 118

Fusing the Horizons: Christian Leaders 127


1-7 133

8-22 137

23-25 144

Fusing the Horizons: Ministerial Formation 144

Bibliography 149

Name Index 157

Scripture Index 160

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