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About the Author

J. B. LIGHTFOOT (1828–1889) was an outstanding British New Testament scholar. He worked with F. J. A. Hort and B. F. Westcott at Cambridge University to produce a New Testament commentary based on a reliable Greek text. His work in demonstrating the first-century origin of the New Testament books helped demolish the Tübingen school of biblical criticism. Along with his Philippians, his commentaries on Galatians and Colossians/Philemon are still considered landmarks of biblical study and exposition. 

ALISTER MCGRATH is Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, and the Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College in Oxford. He is also a noted author and co-editor of Crossway's Classic Commentary Series.

J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.

ALISTER MCGRATH is Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at the University of Oxford, and the Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College in Oxford. He is also a noted author and co-editor of Crossway's Classic Commentary Series.

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Product Details

  • Series: Crossway Classic Commentaries (Book 13)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (September 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891079513
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891079514
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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This is the third of this series that we have used in our Sunday School class. Because Colossians is so short, some of the sessions are too short to take up an entire class period so at times we have covered two sessions at a time. Some of the questions for personal reflection are a bit obtuse and hard to answer but the commentary and scripture connection portions are excellent. We use the books in a reformed theology setting and they fit well. Overall, the book provides a good insight into the key messages Paul wants the Colossians (and us) to understand about what it means to be a Christian. It also covers the application of Christian principles to the situation covered in Philemon.
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I just started this study with my weekly life group. The book gives really good insight into the passages and the questions are written in a way that they almost answer themselves so its not hard to get off course with what the verse is actually about.
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I'm a big fan a bible commentaries. This one is a bit light, buy then I expected that. It's even implied on the cover. LOL.
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I have enjoyed reading and using this commentary in study. Good item for anyone study Colossians. I think it is a benefit
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Good book for private or class study.
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