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Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon (New International Biblical Commentary) Paperback – January 1, 1993


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  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.; Rep Sub edition (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943575192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943575193
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,092,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Expert help for understanding the Bible

Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. They present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Greek transliterated. Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical comments for those who want to dig deeper. A bibliography as well as Scripture and subject indexes are also included. Pastors, students, and Bible teachers will find in this series a commitment to accessibility without sacrificing serious scholarship.

Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon discusses the origin, authorship, purpose, and contents of these New Testament letters. Scholarly yet easy to understand, this volume explores the nuances of Paul's messages to the church, which deal with many of the same issues faced by the church today.

Arthur Patzia is former senior professor of New Testament at Fuller Northern California and in retirement serves as an adjunct professor. A distinguished scholar, he is the author of several books, including The Making of the New Testament, The Emergence of the Church, and the Pocket Dictionary of Biblical Terms. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Arthur G. Patzia is Director of Fuller Theological Seminary's Extended Education Program in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also an Associate Professor of New Testament.


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By Earl L. Knapp on March 19, 2014
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A balanced commentary that is well written. Mr. Patzia is scholarly, but his writing style was easy to understand. In his attempt to give space to competing view points, he is very detailed. I had to read the book for a class, but I enjoyed it. It is a great reference book.
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By Zack on February 21, 2014
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The book is a great read. I enjoyed reading it and learning about the differences between the books. Shipping was quick and easy.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Indiana Smith on October 28, 2011
Format: Paperback
Arthur Patzia gives great detail regarding the etymology and possible interpretations of the content of Philemon, Ephesians, and Colossians. He aptly describes the colorful literary styles used and often compares and contrast these letters with each other as well as with Paul's other writings. His implementation of quotes and sources are well placed.

However, despite all the focus on interpreting each phrase correctly (and even each word at times), the meaning (or message) of Paul's writings were little more than re-wording the verses themselves. Readers like me will be disappointed with the lack of modern day science, archaeology, historical culture, and statistics that are used to give clarity and insight, which are often included in other commentaries. Patzia may have had a different focus or intent.

Lastly, I would caution readers that Patzia tends to consistently infer Paul's statements as if Paul was talking about water baptism, even when the direct mention of it is absent. Patzia's book gave me the impression that he was placing a level of importance on water baptism almost equal to salvation and as a threshold into living the life that Paul encourages believers to live. Thank you for taking the time to read this review. May God bless you.
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