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The Letters to the Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians (The New Daily Study Bible) Paperback – November 30, 2003
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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.
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.Read more ›
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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There is no better commentary to use when preparing for a sermon than Barclay's Daily Study Bible series. Read morePublished 14 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Barclay goes over each line and gives you complete background and understanding. Very readable and complete. I highly recommend it for Bible study.Published 5 months ago by Edward J. Miller
The book was just like new! I was able to share the information with my Adult Discipleship class.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great historical information and theological analysis. For the advanced teacher this is a must have tool!Published 10 months ago by Denise C Lytle