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  • Series: Pillar New Testament Commentary
  • Hardcover: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (August 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802837271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802837271
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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After 25 years of buying commentaries, I'd buy this one again and give it away to friends!
Pastor Jon Privett
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.
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Overall, the handling of each paragraph is filled with quality exegesis and in-depth analysis.
Philip Thompson

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on February 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Philip Thompson on 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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pastor Jon Privett on 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!

Blessings,

Pastor Jon
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B. Cueto on October 24, 2008
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Doug Moo's new commentary on Colossians is a wonderful addition to NT scholarship. I have used this work to address scholarly discussions, especially regarding the Colossian heresy, and in Bible study and sermon preparation. It has great depth and is balanced with great insights that serve as good applications. I highly recommend this work. It offers more discussion and range than N. T. Wrights smaller but handier commentary on the same book. He presents viewpoints that would fall in line with more mainline evangelicalism.
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By Derek Newbery on September 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
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. The only downside to such a thorough commentary is that it is extremely long. The commentary portion on Colossians runs 353 pages by itself. Despite its length it is definitely worth a read. Moo is an extremely gifted thinker and writer which makes the commentary a fun read. There are times I forgot I was reading a 'commentary' since the prose is so attractive. Moo's strengths also come across in his gracious and thoughtful presenting of differing views. Further, he covers a fair balance of textual, grammatical and theological issues throughout his work. Again, the only downside is the length of the book. I read this alongside a number of other commentaries and continually felt like he could have written more succinctly.

Overall, I would highly recommend this commentary as he covers every angle of the text but know that you should give yourself plenty of time to read, think and contemplate what Moo has to say.
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