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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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Product Details

  • Series: The New Daily Study Bible
  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; 3 edition (November 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664226760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664226763
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barclay's book on The Letters to the Philippians, Colossians and Thessalonians is an excellent analysis of these books of the Bible.
Barclay provides an introduction to each book before proceeding to a line-by-line, verse-by-verse discussion of the text and its meaning.
The author has a very good understanding of the history and backround of these books and shows detailed knowledge of the language used by Paul. His commentary sheds light on the reasons for Paul's letters and clearly explains the specific guidance Paul was offering to these followers.
Finally, I liked the quotes and short stories Barclay tossed in with his analysis. It's a good book for Bible study. It's easy to read a little bit each day. It's also easy to spend a great deal of time reflecting on the most meaningful passages.
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Barclay's writing is indicative of his own comments in regard to Colossians 4:6, where he states that "Christians must commend their message with the charm and the wit which were in Jesus himself. There is too much of the Christianity which stodgily depresses people and too little of the Christianity which sparkles with life" (195). This fascinating little commentary covers Philippians (102 pages), Colossians (102 pages), and 1 & 2 Thessalonians (51 pages). The reader should expect a paragraph (average of about 4-6 verses) followed by roughly a page or two of explanation and application. No knowledge of ancient languages is presumed. The only strained application seems to be the pressing of the Gnostic view of the heresy in the book, albeit a very common view of Barclay's day (cf. 112-115; 132-134; 157; 167-170).

Throughout the commentary, Barclay time and time again makes impressive applications driven directly from the text at hand. The applications are all fresh and easy to be understood. Barclay's ability to turn a phrase and illustrate with ease is evident throughout the little work. Overall, the theology is not overtly bizarre. In contrast to the fact that Barclay is often considered a quintessential liberal (holding to positions that most evangelical Christians would firmly oppose), his writing holds little resemblance to the extreme views that he held. For example, Barclay did not follow some of his era in attributing Colossians to another writer than Paul. Rather, he notes that "we need not hesitate to accept Colossians as a letter written by Paul." It seems to this reviewer that Barclay was more willing to admit points of weakness in his own theology than one may be willing to give him credit for.
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I lead a bible study, so I use a number of reference books. I find William Barclay's study on the book of Paul's Letter to the Philippians to be most informative. It is the study book that I turn to most often when defining a point or finding the real meaning of the scripture in what Paul is trying to convey to his readers.
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William Barclay has studied history and languages and customs of many different cultures. Therefore, he can explain some of the illustrations that in our modern world we don't understand. He seems to be fluent in Greek and Hebrew so he can explain the meanings of words from their original language. To me, he is quite engaging in his writing and I find myself reading the study guide like I would a novel. I forget that I am "studying." He gives several different views that can be taken from translating and then tells which one he prefers or thinks is the closest to the original meaning. He usually gives a geography lesson, too, so that the reader may get a grasp as to the environment.
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The commentaries in the Daily Study Bible Series are great! They explain the historical context of the Scripture which is very important in understanding the true meaning behind the text. I am a youth pastor and I use these commentaries on a weekly basis. The language they are written in is easy to understand and read. Great set of commentaries for teaching, preaching, or just going deeper into the Bible.
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Written for "every man or woman," Barclay is a must for thorough Bible Study. His insights into the languages of the time, as well as culture and history, are very valuable. I highly recommend him!
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Dr. William Barclay (1907-78), an ordained minister in the Church of Scotland and Glasgow University Professor, is largely remembered today for his seventeen-volume Daily Study Bible. This book is part of the revised edition, which came out in 1975, and uses the Revised Standard Edition of the Bible, rather than the Authorized (King James) Version. In this book, each of the three sections begins with a wonderful, in-depth introduction, which gives a wealth of background information on the city and church involved, along with an explanation of the issues involved in the letter. After that, the author launches into a verse-by-verse examination of the letter.

This is a great commentary on Philippians, Colossians and the two Thessalonian letters! His analyses are both exhaustive, and yet easily grasped by the lay reader. I bought this book to assist me in a Sunday school class that I was teaching, and it was one of the best purchases that I have ever made. I highly recommend this book.
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