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. As a model for conflict resolution and mutual relations within the Christian community, Paul's letter has much to offer the church today.
Throughout this commentary, Robert W. Wall explains what each letter meant to its original hearers and its application for us today.
About 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).
Table of Contents
Introduction to Colossians
Outline of Colossians
Commentary on Colossians
Introduction to Philemon
Outline of Philemon
Commentary on Philemon