- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 15, 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0849902436
- ISBN-13: 978-0849902437
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 44, Colossians-Philemon Hardcover – August 15, 1982
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If I could have any complaint about this commentary, it is that it is too scholarly and thorough. O'Brien interacts with so many sources and views, one can get a little too bogged down in all the reasoning. Some parts are hard to follow lucidly with so much material being compared and contrasted. The sheer number of inline references and sources can make following the text with your eyes rather difficult. This is my general complain of the Word Biblical Commentary series as a whole, and this one seems especially representative.
O'Brien commentary is a gold mine for those serious in academics, or pastors who are series about having a broad base. O'Brien offers a huge (indeed, perhaps exhaustive) bibliography of the different works dealing with the text. O'Brien could be you one stop source for all your researching needs. For the layman though (like myself), it might be a little too much.
That said, I wholly recommend this commentary for all those serious about study.
This is one of the most helpful of the Word Biblical Commentary series.
If you read commentaries to help you to understand the text, so that you can better serve Jesus Christ, you will really appreciate this one, as well as the author's commentaries on Philippians and Ephesians.
If you have not studied New Testament Greek, you may find some of his argumentation hard to grasp.
[If you are serious about understanding the New Testament, a couple of years studying the language it is written in will be enlightening, and will at the very least open up for you the majority of the best commentaries!]
This commentary is very thorough while not being overly wordy. At 261 pages for the book of Colossians it is significantly shorter than either Moo's or Pao's. Yet I didn't feel that the shorter length caused any detriment. O'Brien was able to cover all of the issues in the book, worked through the text well and particularly did a great job of defining words. I would say that his lexical work is easily the strength of this commentary. He consistently looks at word usage throughout the Bible, as well as in contemporary literature of the day to help us understand what Paul meant by his word choices.
One of the weaknesses in this commentary is the vast space spent on comparing O'Brien's views with other commentaries. I felt like I was sitting in the middle of a scholarly debate where the vast majority of participants were completely unknown to me. I appreciated knowing the diversity of viewpoints but felt like this could have been done in a much more succinct manner. Finally, the organization of this series frustrates people though in my opinion it is more redundant then frustrating.
Overall, I would highly recommend this commentary but feel that only one of Moo, O'Brien, Dunn or Pao would be sufficient.
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If you're preaching through Colossians, you will be immeasurably blessed to have this commentary on your desk. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Konner Dudley
The commentary on Colossians and Philemon by Peter O'Brien (number 44 in the Word Biblical Commentary Series) is a worthy endeavor, suitable for the biblical scholar and the... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Doug Erlandson
Peter O'Brien nailed this one out of the park. A lot of great technical dealings with the greek in Colossians. Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Michael
Another in an excellent set of exegetical, scholarly commentaries. The layman will find this to be not quite "user friendly", but if you are in seminary or Bible college,... Read morePublished on November 23, 2012 by Charlene McDonnough
The commentary itself is excellent - O'Brien is consistently insightful and helpful - but the formatting of this commentary is absolutely atrocious. Read morePublished on June 2, 2012 by Aaron A.
Excellent work from O'Brien as usual. I purchased this book on the recommendation of Dr. Roscscup and it has proved to be an excellent resource. Read morePublished on January 6, 2010 by B Miller
If you are familiar with O'Brien's other commentaries you know that his exegetical precision and scholarly explanation are invaluable. Read morePublished on March 19, 2009 by Erik Raymond