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Colossians (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) Paperback – March 7, 2005
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In their astute and lucid commentary, eminent New Testament scholars Markus Barth and Helmut Blanke re-create the turbulent age of the birth of Christianity and examine the myriad of "outside" influences -- from cold, rational Hellenistic philosophy to exclusive, ethereal Gnostic thought -- that often threatened the evolution of Christian theology. Colossians not only provides a new and carefully balanced analysis of this pivotal New Testament text, but also chronicles the development of Christian thought as it gradually spread throughout the Roman Empire
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Many commentaries on Colossians are shoehorned into a volume with another of Paul's epistles (most commonly Ephesians and Philemon, as in NICNT, but also with Philippians and Philemon, as in the NAC). There are great discussions on Colossians that are missed when this is undertaken. Of the commentaries on Colossians, few go into as great detail as Barth and Blanke. They dig deep into the purpose and authorship of the epistle exiting with a view of Pauline authorship combating a Jewish/pagan heresy. For instance, the authors spend nearly 130 of the 550+pages discussing these topics from many different viewpoints. As the authors proceed through the text of Colossians, they begin with an English translation of a segment, then they provide two sections of commentary beginning with Notes (technical discussion) and proceeding to Comments (more pastoral aspects.) Foreign words are transliterated. Thus, Barth's Colossians is accessible to both scholars while remaining pastoral in nature.
The text is one of the most highly readable texts I have encountered in my collection of commentaries. Bauer (An Annotated Guide to Biblical Resources for Ministry) describes the text as "bordering on poetic." I have to agree.
The commentary utilizes footnotes rather than endnotes to preclude flipping back and forth.Read more ›