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The Letters to Philemon, the Colossians, and the Ephesians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Captivity Epistles (Eerdman's Socio-rhetorical Series of Commentaries on the New Testament) Paperback – November 26, 2007

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Scot McKnight
North Park University
"Every time Ben Witherington writes a commentary, I buy it. Why? Because few can explain the rhetoric of a New Testament book as clearly as Ben, few can match the theological awareness of Ben, few canvass scholarship as completely as Ben, and fewer yet can combine rhetoric, theology, scholarship, and piety as well as Ben."
Darrell Bock
Dallas Theological Seminary
"A solid commentary, a sane introduction, and a superior integration of these letters historically and culturally."The Letters to Philemon, the Colossians, and the Ephesians"is Witherington at his best. Anyone with questions about how these letters function and who wrote them would do well to start and finish here."
Craig A. Evans
Acadia Divinity College
"Ben Witherington's rhetorical approach to the letters to Philemon, the Colossians, and the Ephesians sheds important new light on questions that have puzzled and divided interpreters for generations. Fresh and insightful throughout, this reader-friendly commentary strongly supports Pauline authorship by clarifying the distinctive features of these interesting letters and the various circumstances of their respective recipients. Highly recommended!"
Matthew Levering
Ave Maria University
"With a deeply pastoral heart and an equally deep mastery of historical-critical research into the first-century world, Ben Witherington offers a new commentary on Philemon, Colossians, and Ephesians. Readers will discover here the riches that historical scholarship offers to insight into the realities of faith. Whether tackling difficult topics such as Paul on slavery, or defending Pauline authorship of Ephesians, or applying Paul's words to contemporary problems faced by Christians, Witherington consistently shows his love for Jesus Christ, whom he seeks to encounter in truth."
Todd D. Still
Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University
"A commentary that is at once traditional and novel, academic and accessible. . . All who turn to this socio-rhetorical treatment of Philemon, Colossians, and Ephesians will return with fresh insight into and enhanced appreciation for these later Pauline letters.""

About the Author

Ben Witherington III is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, and is on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University, Scotland. Witherington has twice won the Christianity Today best Biblical Studies book-of-the-year award, and his many books include We Have Seen His Glory: A Vision of Kingdom Worship and socio-rhetorical commentaries on Mark, Acts, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Philemon, Colossians, Ephesians, and 1 and 2 Thessalonians. He writes a blog at patheos.com and can also be found on the web at benwitherington.com.
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  • Series: Eerdman's Socio-rhetorical Series of Commentaries on the New Testament
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (November 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802824889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802824882
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bible scholar Ben Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. A graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill, he went on to receive the M.Div. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Durham in England. He is now considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, and is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.

Witherington has also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell. A popular lecturer, Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges and biblical meetings not only in the United States but also in England, Estonia, Russia, Europe, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia. He has also led tours to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.

Witherington has written over thirty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. He also writes for many church and scholarly publications, and is a frequent contributor to the Beliefnet website.

Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, Witherington has been seen on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The Discovery Channel, A&E, and the PAX Network.

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Witherington delivers exactly what the title provides - an excellent socio-rhetorical commentary. He breaks down each letter into its rhetorical components such as exordium, narratio, etc. and delivers quality analysis of the text through that lens. There are a couple of shortcomings: (i) the introductory rhetorical overview between Ephesians, Colossians and Philemon is a bit unorganized (meaning you have to look back and forth to find material on specific letters), and (ii) there are a couple of historical misses like his thought (at 176)that the "putting off/putting on" language of Col. 3:1-17 might be indicative of nude baptismal practices involving the taking off of clothes, walking through the baptismal waters and receiving clean clothes on the other side. There is no real evidence for such practices until the second century and Witherington pegs the author date for Colossians in the first century. Regardless, Witherington's writing style is engaging and his analysis of the text through the lens of rhetoric is thought-provoking. For example, his reasoning for Paul as the author of Colossians based upon an intentional use of Asiatic rhetoric involving repetition and other stylistic features typical of Asiatic rhetoric but different than other Pauline rhetoric is worth the read by itself.
A definite buy for a commentary library.
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Like all of BW IIIs commentaries this provides something unique within the world of commentaries. His focus on socio-rhetorical aspects is extremely helpful in understanding these texts and at best a minor point in most other commentaries. He focuses on the arguments which are being made and the way that the language functions within these arguments. The downside of this commentary is that it deals very quickly with the text and the meaning of the original language. I would recommend this commentary but only as a companion alongside of another commentary such as Wright, Moo, Dunn, Hoehner, O'Brien or Lincoln.
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Having recently discovered Prof Witherington's series of socio-rhetorical commentaries on New Testament books, and in particular letters written to the early church by Paul and others, I strongly commend this work for both formal and informal study purposes.
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Ben Witherington is one of today's top scholars. This is yet another excellent commentary by this very gifted scholar. This book is a "must read" for any student of the New Testament. I highly recommend this book.
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