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The Letters to the Colossians and to Philemon (Pillar New Testament Commentary) Hardcover – August 25, 2008
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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!
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].Read more ›
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While this commentary has all of the necessary and expected content of a quality biblical commentary, Dr. Moo goes over the top in emphasizing TNIV translations throughout. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Keith and Tracy Pond
Moo is perhaps the gold standard for exegesis of the tricky letter to the Colossians, a letter with a lot of difficult issues. Read morePublished 6 months ago by S. Thompson
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 morePublished 16 months ago by Lynette
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 morePublished 16 months ago by Derek Newbery
Keep in mind that Colossians and Philemon are short books. Doug Moo does not short change you on the exposition of the text. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Brian Maula