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Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament, Volume 12: Colossians and Philemon Paperback – January 30, 1991


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Product Details

  • Series: Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testam (Book 12)
  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (January 30, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080280375X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802803757
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,360,939 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, Greek

About the Author

Murray J. Harris is professor emeritus of New Testament Exegesis and Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and former warden of Tyndale House in Cambridge, England.

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He gives a great bibliography with each paragraph.
Brad Ball
For anyone doing exegetical work in Colossians and/or Philemon, this book is so helpful it's almost funny.
D. Becker
I highly recommend for all students and pastors especially.
Geoffrey Ng

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dean L. Landry (mmcdll@torchlake.com) on October 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is a must have for pastors and students who are serious about studying the biblical text in its original language. Each section advances with an analysis of the paragraph structure, followed by a succinct, yet, very helpful analysis of each phrase of the Greek NT and culminating with a translation, an expanded paraphrase, suggested books and articles for further study and homiletical suggestions for preaching the text based upon sound exegesis. This volume is well worth while, I can hardly wait for the next installment in this series.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chester E. Wood on May 2, 2000
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For a number of years I have taught second year Greek for seminary students in Asian and Africa using Colossians as the set texts. Harris has in effect taken all of the work out of this effort for both the teacher and the student! This is good in that it frees up the student to focus on decision making about critical exegetical issues, to work on background issues and to grapple with application. One hopes that Harris or others will quickly finish other volumes in this series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gregg Tahmisian on February 29, 2000
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This is not a "commentary" in the traditional sense, but rather, as the title says, it is an "exegetical guide" to the translation and interpretation of Colossians & Philemon. Those who know Greek will find this extremely helpful in the evaluation of various exegetical options. For preachers or teachers, the homeletical support is excellent. This is a unique and extremely helpful tool for the serious bible student; check it out - you've not seen anything like it. I too am eagerly awaiting the next installment in the series!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David P. Craig TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 9, 2011
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As a senior pastor who has been preaching for twenty years on a weekly basis this series is a welcome contribution for the preacher or teacher of God's Word. As I have preached through Colossians verse by verse this past year I have continually been helped and my people have been helped through the exegetical insights of Murray in this excellent commentary. For those who have had a year of more of Greek it will help bring to memory much that has been forgotten.

The Guide assumes the following:

1) You have completed an introductory New Testament Greek Course
2) You have learned the meanings of words occurring in the New Testament more than 25 times
3) You have been introduced to New Testament Textual Criticism
4) You own or have access to a copy of The Greek New Testament, fourth rev. ed. B. Aland, K. Aland, J. Karavidopoulos, C.M, Martini and B.M. Metzger (Stuttgart: Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft, New York: United Bible Societies, 1993)

The stated purpose of this book (and the commentaries in this series) is "to close that gap between stranded student (or former student) and daunting text and to bridge that gulf between morphological analysis and exegesis."

I found this commentary to be particularly helpful in helping me understand Paul's logic, grammar, argumentation, and insights into the author's original intentions in brining out the "big picture" of Colossians - The Supremacy of Christ Sufficient for All things. Along with a good devotional like Sam Storms, "The Hope of Glory"; a good English and Greek Based Commentary like Douglas Moo's, or F. F. Bruce; and an application based commentary like David E. Garland's - you should be set to study and teach Colossians with great effectiveness.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Becker on August 20, 2006
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For anyone doing exegetical work in Colossians and/or Philemon, this book is so helpful it's almost funny. He gives helpful answers to almost every question that the thoughtful exegete asks of the text, provided it is the meaning of the text that you are trying to unearth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Ng on February 9, 2013
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Harris provides the most complete and rounded exegetical guide to the book of Colossians. This is different than a commentary, as it focuses solely on the syntactical, grammatical meat and meaning of the Greek text on its own. He presents most all options available to exegetes, giving copious references to different commentaries to point them in whatever direction they might want to explore. He also parses all major verbs and words and makes it clear how he sees their significance and operation within the overall structure of the passage. He also offers short insights in the midst of discussion, which flow from Dr. Harris' heart as a pastoral instructor. Other helpful elements are abbreviated structural diagrams, suggested sermon portion outlines, and lists of recommended readings for each section. I highly recommend for all students and pastors especially.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Abram Kielsmeier-Jones on August 31, 2012
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Getting from participles to preaching, from grammar to Good News proclamation, can be a challenge to preachers and teachers when working with the biblical text. But if there is theology in those prepositions, as seminary professors have often noted, careful attention to the morphology and syntax of the text can be key in preparing to expound God's Word with God's people.

B&H Academic's Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament "aims to close that gap between stranded student (or former student) and daunting text and to bridge that gulf between morphological analysis and exegesis." As a volume in a projected set of 20 volumes, Murray J. Harris's Colossians and Philemon "seeks to provide in a single volume all the necessary information for basic understanding of the Greek text and to afford suggestions for more detailed study." Similar to the Baylor Handbook series, the Exegetical Guide is not a "full-scale" commentary. This affords the author more opportunity to comment on the original language of the biblical text.

Both Colossians and Philemon in this volume contain a brief but sufficient Introduction. It treats authorship (Harris defends Pauline authorship based on Colossians' similarity to Philemon, which is more generally accepted as Pauline); date (he puts the two letters at 60-61); occasion and purpose; includes an outline of the letter; and makes commentary recommendations.

Each paragraph of the biblical text has the following features in the commentary:

*A structural analysis of the Greek.
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More About the Author

Murray J. Harris is professor of New Testament exegesis and theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL.