Philippians, Colossians, Philemon (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture)

Philippians, Colossians, Philemon (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture)


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Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon, written by Paul from prison in the middle of the first century, were addressed to specific Christian communities facing concrete challenges. What did these letters mean at the time, and what do they mean for us today?

In this addition to the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture, seasoned New Testament scholar Dennis Hamm explores the significance of these letters and their enduring relevance to the life and mission of the church. Based on solid scholarship yet readily accessible, the book is enriched with pastoral reflections and applications and includes sidebars on the living tradition and biblical background.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801036460
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/05/2013
Series: Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture Series
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 592,483
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dennis Hamm, SJ (PhD, St. Louis University), is professor of New Testament and Graff Chair in Catholic Theological Studies at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where he has taught Scripture for over thirty-five years. He is the author of several books and numerous articles.

Table of Contents

Illustrations 7

Editors' Preface 9

Abbreviations 13

Introduction to the Prison Letters 15

Paul's Letter to Philemon 27

Outline of Paul's Letter to Philemon 31

Paul's Letter to Philemon and Everyone Else at His House 33

Paul's Letter to the Christians in Philippi 61

Outline of the Letter to the Philippians 70

Chiastic Outline of the Letter to the Philippians 72

Greeting, Thanksgiving, and Joyful Intercession 73

The Example of Paul in Chains 81

A Call to Conduct Worthy of the Gospel 89

The Best Example of All: Christ's Self-Emptying Love and Service 97

Paul Applies the Example to Christian Living 107

Two More Examples: Timothy and Epaphroditus 114

The Example of Paul's Faithful Citizenship in Christ 120

A Final Call to Unity and Joy 139

Thanks and Final Greetings 145

Paul's Letter to the Christians in Colossae 153

Outline of the Letter to the Colossians 160

Greeting, Thanks to the Father, and Prayer 162

Beloved Son of the Father, Head and Redeemer of All 172

Paul Rejoices in His Ministry to the Gentiles 184

The Wisdom of Christ versus the "Philosophy" 194

You Have Died and Been Raised with Christ 211

Let the Peace of Christ Rule in Your Hearts 216

Work for the Lord and Not for Human Beings 223

A Request for Prayer 229

Commendations, Greetings, and Blessing 233

Suggested Resources 243

Glossary 246

Index of Pastoral Topics 252

Index of Sidebars 254

Map 255

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