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Paul for Everyone: The Prison Letters: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon (The New Testament for Everyone) 2nd Edition
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Wright provides a translation of the entire Epistle that starts each section, then he tells an applicable story that leads into his discussion of the meaning of the text.
The Prison Letters of Epheisans, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon are all covered in this book. Wright is remarkably consistent in his interpretations of the text. You never feel as though he is guessing at an interpretation, but most of his interpretations seem natural and never forced. What was most impressive for me was how he handled Philemon. It is not a very big book, but he shows that it has very big meaning.
If I had to disagree with something it would be his failure to recognize and emphasize the role of the Holy Spirit. I speak as a classical Pentecostal, but there are times when Paul emphasized the Spririt and Wright does very little with this emphasis. He most often uses a lower case "s" for spirit instead of Spirit. I am not sure why he does this and he fails to give an explanation.
Wright does have an excellent glossary of terms at the end of this book and every book in the series. The positive features in this book are well worth the five stars that I have given this book and I overwhelmingly recommend this commentary.
In this book, it is interesting to learn of the continuity between the "prison letters" and details of Paul's life and the life of the local churches, in that some of them may have been circulars traveling through the same area, carried by certain people named in the letters, and giving insight into their lives. Because this book is divided up over four of Paul's shorter epistles, it helps to make the reading into manageable sections. Wright gives lots of details and imagery on first-century Jewish and Gentile culture that help the reader to become aware of hidden nuances in Paul's writing, as well as double-meanings and important plays on words that are not apparent in the English text.
As well, Wright often begins each commentary with a short illustration or personal vignette, some of which are quite entertaining. (I enjoyed his account of getting lost at my local Mall of America.)
Wright's writing style is very engaging and refreshing, as is reflected in his more scholarly works of deep theology.
This book (and series) are ideal for individual daily Bible study, devotions, and/or group study, as well as material for teaching.
I hope that when the entire series is completed Bishop Wright will consider releasing all his translations of the New Testament books as the "New Testament - Wright Translation." I think it would be very readable and enlightening for general religious study.
Even though his audience is the layman or woman, his work is rooted in serious thought, scholarship and reflection. He doesn't always try to solve or answer every textual or theological problem but he will always give the basic tools or parameters allowing the reader to make one's own decision.
He is quite reliable in his underlying exegesis of the text. His tone is pastoral, hortatory and narrative. I use these commentaries for devotional reading.
Highly recommend Dr. Wright and this "Everyone" series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
N T Wright is absolutely one of the best modern theologians and writers capable of making the scriptures more insightful to everyone. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wade Rouzer
This book gives great insight into the history of Paul's journeys and experiences. It is quite inspirational and educational.Published 7 months ago by Libby
As with all books in the series Bishop Tom Wright has provided all members of the church a careful explanation of the text in the framework he has come to understand within Second... Read morePublished 9 months ago by John M. Swanston
Good entry level book for individual study or small group usage. I particularly like the use of highlight theological terms with glossary in the back. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Phillip Webster