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The Letters to the Colossians and to Philemon (Pillar New Testament Commentary) [Kindle Edition]

Douglas J. Moo
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Using the same brilliant exegesis and sound practical insight found in his previous work, Douglas J. Moo here not only accurately explains the meaning of the Letters to the Colossians and to Philemon, but also applies that meaning to twenty-first-century readers. Moo introduces each book with a series of five similar questions: To whom was it written? Who wrote it? When? Why? and What? He then divides the commentary itself into Letter Opening, Letter Body, and Letter Closing for each book, addressing the introductory thanksgiving of Philemon as well. The volume ends with thorough indexes of names, subjects, scripture references, and extrabiblical literature. Informed, methodologically astute, evangelical, and displaying a careful balance between good scholarship and pastoral concern, The Letters to the Colossians and to Philemon is readily accessible, offering something for everyone - teacher or student, pastor or parishioner, scholar or layperson.

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  • File Size: 1600 KB
  • Print Length: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing (August 25, 2008)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0028085D4
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent resource February 8, 2009
Surprisingly, there have been very few substantial and recent commentaries on Colossians from a conservative/evangelical perspective. Somewhat older volumes of importance include those by O'Brien (WBC, 1982); Wright (TNTC, 1986); Dunn (NIGTC, 1996); Garland (NIVAC, 1998); and Thompson (THNTC, 2005). Thus there has been a slight dearth of new in-depth works on Colossians (and Philemon).

This volume nicely fills the gap. Moo, Professor of New Testament at Wheaton Graduate School in Chicago, has already authored several important commentaries, such as his top-rate 1996 volume on Romans (NICNT), and his 2000 work on James (PNTC).

This is a significant commentary in an increasingly significant commentary series. The Pillar New Testament Commentary series now has 10 commentaries available, and it serves as a very workable and substantive mid-range series of commentaries. While not overly technical in nature, the series does offer high-quality commentaries that both students and pastors will greatly benefit from. This volume is no exception.

At 471 pages, it is certainly the most lengthy of treatments thus far on these two books. Dunn and Garland were 388 and 389 pages respectively. So this volume is both the most up to date work to appear, taking into account all the recent scholarship on these epistles, and the most detailed and comprehensive.

Concerning the contentious issues of authorship and dating, Moo spends nearly 20 pages arguing for Pauline authorship and a writing of around A.D. 60-61. The place of writing was most likely Rome, and the occasion of the epistle was to promote a high Christology over against false teaching.

As to some of the hotly debated issues in the epistle, Moo provides careful guidance and discussion.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Exegetical Commentary on Colossians December 26, 2010
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Douglas Moo's fresh commentary on Colossians does not fail to follow in the tradition of the writer's excellent and extensive work on Romans. The volume also contributes to what appears to be a very satisfying trend in the relatively new Pillar Commentary set by Eerdmans - solid conservative scholarship and excellent readability. The Wheaton Professor explains in his preface that the research for this work felt "like coming home" (x). This feeling of the writer's personal fascination and joy in study of the book overflows into its readability. Not even Bruce (see review on The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians (New International Commentary on the New Testament))can match these literary qualities in the mind of this reviewer.

As to the content of the work, Moo devotes 46 pages to an introduction to Colossians, 90 pages to Colossians 1 (30 of which are dedicated to the 6 verse "Christ hymn"), 79 pages to chapter 2, 73 pages to chapter 3, 36 pages to chapter 4, and 85 pages to the Book of Philemon. A thorough index of authors, subjects, scripture, and extra-biblical literature fills the final 28 pages. For the purposes of this review, a focus will be given to the majority of the book - the commentary on Colossians.

Moo's introduction to the book leaves nothing lacking. Initially Moo surveys the recipients and moves on to tackle the question of authorship. With a skillful presentation of the opposing sides of the issue, Moo presents a set of logical criterion which each side must meet and then proceeds to demonstrate how the critical approach fails to meet each criteria and how the conservative interpretation succeeds on each point.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best I've Found on Colossians June 19, 2011
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I have several commentaries, both academic and non-academic on Colossians, but I saw this relatively recent work by Moo on Colossians/Philemon and purchased it.

First, I absolutely enjoy the structure and work of Pillar New Testament Commentary. It does not waste the reader's time in wild speculation or endless conjecture or attempting to write a review of everyone's work on each verse.

Second, I think Moo's work is highly usable for preaching and teaching. Good background information and easy to follow exegetical development (with more detailed work in the footnotes) are what I find appealing.

Finally, I plan to purchase all the commentaries in this series (something I have seldom if ever done) because of the serious commitment to Scripture that follows in every treatment of Scripture.

After 25 years of buying commentaries, I'd buy this one again and give it away to friends!


Pastor Jon
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5.0 out of 5 stars We Are Complete In Him November 19, 2010
A number of notable studies have battled to identify the exact nature of the Colossian heresy, but they have been useful in showing that a high christology is likely to reduce the risk of theological error, as a low christology is to be associated with a high error incidence. 'Whatever the false teaching, Paul responds with arguments about the cosmic significance of Christ and the conception of the church as the body of Christ that are generally thought to be something of an advance of the theology we find in other Pauline letters.' p 45 Moo sees christology as forming the theological heart of the letter to the Colossians (p 63).

The apostle's strategy was simple. In answer to their questioning the sufficiency of Christ he re-wired their Christian experience (ch 3) by re-laying their foundation on Christ (chs 1-2). So Paul first took to reminding them in his letter of Christ's universal reign over all things, with the early church hymn of 1:15-20 designed to praise God's eternal purposes which have been fulfilled in Christ. Dick Lucas held a captive audience when he commented on our union with Christ, "Christ in you, the hope of glory" (1:27): 'The ministry of the Spirit is nothing less (or more) than to bring us to Christ and Christ to us. Here, then, Paul answers the demand for the richest experience of God that is permissible for human beings to have.' Colossians & Philemon p 75 The present reality of the Spirit as down payment lived in light of the full future glory, served to motivate Paul in his desire to present every one mature in Christ (1:28): 'Particularly striking is the threefold "every person" [Gk: panta anthropon].
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 10 days ago by Judith M Goodman
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This is a excellent commentary !
Published 2 months ago by James A. Feldsien
3.0 out of 5 stars Theological
Theological rather than pastoral. Choppy and awkward versus smooth flowing. Feel often interupts the flow of the meaning of the passage by going back to previous discussions ie:... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lynette
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Thorough
This is an extremely thorough commentary. If you are going to own only one commentary on Colossians and Philemon, this very well might be the one you should purchase. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Derek Newbery
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed, heavy, yet light and informative
Keep in mind that Colossians and Philemon are short books. Doug Moo does not short change you on the exposition of the text. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Brian Maula
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and Insightful
Doug Moo offers clear and helpful insights into the biblical text without getting bogged down in issues that will not help the reader understand the meaning of the text.
Published 11 months ago by Mitchell L. Landress
5.0 out of 5 stars very clear, precise handling of Scripture
This is providing a clear, in depth look at a wonderful book, making it an even more precious asset by which to grow
Published 12 months ago by R & M Books
1.0 out of 5 stars frustrate reading experience
No page number. no detail table of content. How to read? suffering. Colossians has one table of content. several hundred pages only have one table of content. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Yu Sun
4.0 out of 5 stars Best modern commentary
This is the best modern commentary on Colossians I know of, but it doesn't come close to the old guys like Calvin and Henry on spiritual matters. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Abraham Ewing Bagby
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable
Like O'Brien, Moo is detailed in his exegesis and thoughtful in his explanation of critical issues. As with his other commentaries, Moo is at his best when he is walking through... Read more
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Douglas J. Moo (Ph.D., University of St. Andrews) professor of New Testament, Wheaton College Graduate School. He is the author of the NIV Application Commentary 2 Peter and Jude.


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