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Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 44, Colossians-Philemon Hardcover – August 15, 1982
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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.