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ISBN-13: 978-0664226770 ISBN-10: 0664226779 Edition: 3rd

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  • Series: The New Daily Study Bible
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; 3 edition (November 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664226779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664226770
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Text: English (translation) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

William Barclay (1907-1978) is known and loved by millions worldwide as one of the greatest Christian teachers of modern times. His insights into the New Testament, combined with his vibrant writing style, have delighted and enlightened readers of all ages for over half a century. He served for most of his life as Professor of Divinity at the University of Glasgow, and wrote more than fifty books--most of which are still in print today. His most popular work, the Daily Study Bible, has been translated into over a dozen languages and has sold more than ten million copies around the world.

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Barclay's analysis of scripture is very helpful.
R. Bower
I would say that if you haven't read much of The Bible or any critical analysis, don't start with this book.
John S. Harris
Onesimus as a slave is not worthy of too much concern.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timothy A. Griffy on July 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
This installment of The Daily Study Bible Series covers the Pastoral Epistles and the letter to Philemon. William Barclay has given us a good devotional study firmly rooted in biblical scholarship.
Scholars have disputed Pauline authorship of the Pastoral Epistles (I and II Timothy, Titus). Barclay's introduction covers the issues involved well. He takes a middle position where a later teacher expanded genuine Pauline fragments. Unfortunately, he does not expound this view in the commentary itself; he is silent about which sections are genuine and which are later. Since "we are still hearing the voice of Paul" (13), it probably did not occur to him to make the distinctions. Barclay's introduction to Philemon includes an interesting if speculative account of how this short letter became included in the New Testament.
The commentary itself is best described as expository. Barclay does not only analyze the Greek text. Using exhortation, anecdotal stories, and other sources, he also suggests what these texts might mean today. From a strictly academic viewpoint, this commentary will seem superficial. For the popular audience for whom Barclay has intended this work, it should serve as a springboard for further study. Barclay provides a list for further reading for this purpose.
Though this book is a good introductory work overall, the reader should be aware of a couple points. The first relates to these epistles' stances on women and slavery. Any casual reading of the letters will strike the reader as bordering on misogyny and condoning slavery. Barclay places these tests in the situation of the Roman/Greek world in which Paul wrote them. He makes a valid point that doing almost anything else would be scandalous (with women) or even dangerous (with slaves).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 2, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I have found Barclay's Daily Bible Study Guides of the New Testament the best in-depth commentary of the bible books. He presents scholarly analysis in very easy to read passages. Reading this book in particular greatly increased my understanding of Paul's extraordinary letters to Timothy and Titus on Christian leadership principles.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Gunia VINE VOICE on October 22, 2002
Format: Paperback
In his series of New Testament Commentaries, William Barclay gives us a commentary on the "Pastoral Epistles" and Philemon. 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus are called the Pastoral Epistles because Paul had written them to encourage and advise two pastors in Early Christianity. They give advice concerning the character and conduct that Christians should have, specifically the character and conduct of a church's pastor.
Where Barclay's strength lies is in the meticulous analysis of the text. Paul tends to pack a lot in his sentences; Barclay picks the sentence apart and brings things into clearer view. While he does an admirable job discussing Paul's world in the light of the times (when slaves outnumbered free men, when women were neither to be seen nor heard, etc.); how Paul's words can be applied to a modern, slave-free, woman-respecting society; and spends a great deal of time analyzing Christian conduct.
While the commentary is generally good, it wasn't much that I hadn't heard or read before. It can be argued that this was Barclay's intention. Since he translated the entire text from the original Greek, quoted many other Bible verses and Paul's pagan contemporaries (to illustrate the thinking of the day), etc., he could have written a pretty good commentary series intended for Biblical scholars. Instead, he wrote one for the regular chruch-goers.
I do have to throw in one comment concerning the inerrancy of the Bible. Barclay speculates that Paul may not have written the entire epistle, but rather that someone found one of Paul's old letters and re-wrote it to address the Gnostic heresy in the Church. This speculation is dangerous as it encourages one to pick apart the Bible and throw away the parts that he/she doens't like.
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For the lay person doing Bible study, there is nothing like the Daily Study Bible series. Written in accessible language, but using his knowledge of biblical history and languages.

I have these in both print and Kindle editions. Using the Kindle app on my phone makes it portable. I can check it easily during church, Sunday school or Bible study without carrying a stack of books.
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By R. Bower on March 29, 2014
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Barclay's analysis of scripture is very helpful. He is thorough. He also frequently numbers his items to mirror the scripture passage he is talking about. He also frequently provides the Greek word from scripture and what that word meant. This adds richness to the text. This is not the first book by Barclay that I have purchased
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You can tell Barclay has a keen mind as he weaves history, quotes, literature and Greek etymology and more in and out of the analysis of the Pastoral letters. But when an author pulls in so much of that info, it would be nice to have it sourced. And that is the main problem with this book. Otherwise, it's a great read. It's well written.

The only other concern is that Barclay does not believe Paul wrote these letters. Now there are lots of scholars who also agree with his assessment. But Barclay really has to jump through some theoretical hoops to come up with a theory on the real author of these letters if it's not Paul. That gave me a warning sign on this book  — that the author would have to concoct some rather outlandish theory on authorship.

From that point forward, I read this book carefully and with a grain of skepticism. I would say that if you haven't read much of The Bible or any critical analysis, don't start with this book. Instead, find Gordon Fee's book on the Pastoral letters. But, this book is worth it as a secondary source.
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