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The Letters to the Colossians and to Philemon (The Pillar New Testament Commentary (PNTC)) Hardcover – August 25, 2008
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This volume nicely fills the gap. Moo, Professor of New Testament at Wheaton Graduate School in Chicago, has already authored several important commentaries, such as his top-rate 1996 volume on Romans (NICNT), and his 2000 work on James (PNTC).
This is a significant commentary in an increasingly significant commentary series. The Pillar New Testament Commentary series now has 10 commentaries available, and it serves as a very workable and substantive mid-range series of commentaries. While not overly technical in nature, the series does offer high-quality commentaries that both students and pastors will greatly benefit from. This volume is no exception.
At 471 pages, it is certainly the most lengthy of treatments thus far on these two books. Dunn and Garland were 388 and 389 pages respectively. So this volume is both the most up to date work to appear, taking into account all the recent scholarship on these epistles, and the most detailed and comprehensive.
Concerning the contentious issues of authorship and dating, Moo spends nearly 20 pages arguing for Pauline authorship and a writing of around A.D. 60-61. The place of writing was most likely Rome, and the occasion of the epistle was to promote a high Christology over against false teaching.
As to some of the hotly debated issues in the epistle, Moo provides careful guidance and discussion.Read more ›
As to the content of the work, Moo devotes 46 pages to an introduction to Colossians, 90 pages to Colossians 1 (30 of which are dedicated to the 6 verse "Christ hymn"), 79 pages to chapter 2, 73 pages to chapter 3, 36 pages to chapter 4, and 85 pages to the Book of Philemon. A thorough index of authors, subjects, scripture, and extra-biblical literature fills the final 28 pages. For the purposes of this review, a focus will be given to the majority of the book - the commentary on Colossians.
Moo's introduction to the book leaves nothing lacking. Initially Moo surveys the recipients and moves on to tackle the question of authorship.Read more ›
First, I absolutely enjoy the structure and work of Pillar New Testament Commentary. It does not waste the reader's time in wild speculation or endless conjecture or attempting to write a review of everyone's work on each verse.
Second, I think Moo's work is highly usable for preaching and teaching. Good background information and easy to follow exegetical development (with more detailed work in the footnotes) are what I find appealing.
Finally, I plan to purchase all the commentaries in this series (something I have seldom if ever done) because of the serious commitment to Scripture that follows in every treatment of Scripture.
After 25 years of buying commentaries, I'd buy this one again and give it away to friends!
There were two primary concerns I had with this commentary. First, there is no hint of application at any point. Moo is explaining the original meaning, but offers no thoughts about how these ideas apply to the modern Christian. Therefore, most will probably want to have at least one companion resource that aims in that direction, especially if looking for teaching this book from the pulpit or in Sunday school. Secondly, and perhaps this is just me ... the commentary often feels like an infomercial for TNIV, which frankly got wearisome. Moo was on the TNIV translation commitee, so it's no surprise that he favors it (NIV 2011 did not exist when this commentary was writte).
Having just completed a sermon series on Colossians, my thoughts were that this is a great resource, but I found as I was getting further into the series that I found myself using Moo less, with Pao and Garland becoming my go-to resources.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While this commentary has all of the necessary and expected content of a quality biblical commentary, Dr. Moo goes over the top in emphasizing TNIV translations throughout. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Keith and Tracy Pond
Theological rather than pastoral. Choppy and awkward versus smooth flowing. Feel often interupts the flow of the meaning of the passage by going back to previous discussions ie:... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Lynette
This is an extremely thorough commentary. If you are going to own only one commentary on Colossians and Philemon, this very well might be the one you should purchase. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Derek Newbery