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The Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon: A Commentary on the Greek Text (New International Greek Testament Commentary) [Hardcover]

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Pages   388
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.4" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.3"
Weight:   1.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1998
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802824412  
EAN  9780802824417  

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In this detailed exposition of Paul's letters to the Colossians and Philemon, noted scholar Dunn gives you a dynamic picture of the life of the early church and, in particular, Paul's mission to the Colossians. Verse-by-verse commentary; extensive introductions that discuss authorship, dating, and structure; and an examination of the "trouble" at Colossae show you how faith in Christ shaped a community of believers.

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Paul's Epistle to the Colossians merits detailed study for at least two reasons. First, it provides an unexpectedly interesting window into the character of Christianity in Asia Minor in the second half of the first century. With the information it gives about the religious tensions within which emergent Christianity was caught up, not least those between Christianity and diaspora Judaism, we begin to gain more insight into the influences and factors that shaped the transition from apostolic to subapostolic Christianity in the region. Second, Colossians represents a crucial stage in the development of Pauline theology itself. Whether it was written at the end of Paul's life or soon after his death, it indicates how Pauline theology retained its own vital character and did not die with Paul.
In this volume in the celebrated New International Greek Testament Commentary, James D. G. Dunn, author of numerous well-received works on the historical origin and theological interpretation of the New Testament, provides detailed expositions of the text of Paul's letters to the Colossians and to Philemon.
Dunn examines each of these letters within the context of the Jewish and Hellenistic cultures in the first century, and discusses the place of Colossians and Philemon in the relationship between the Pauline mission and the early churches that received these letters. Particular stress is also placed on the role of faith in Jesus Christ within and over against Judaism and on the counsel of these two important letters with regard to the shaping of human relationships in the community of faith.

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James Dunn was born in 1928.

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Sound commentary, slightly narrow in focus  Oct 6, 2006
Usually an unabashed fan of the NIGTC series, I have to take a star off Professor's Dunn's otherwise excellent commentary for what I perceive to be his limited ability to understand the tradition of Christian "mysticism" which leads to him belittling it unnecessarily and without textual support and analysis (the passage I am thinking of specifically is his commentary on Col 3:1-4).

Having said that, from the narrower focus of evangelical scholarship Dunn provides a thorough and engaging volume. I just prefer a broader perspective, and so cannot award the fifth star as I need to purchase another commentary on the Greek text to find the analysis I am seeking.
More great work from J.D.G. Dunn  May 23, 2006
First off, I am a great admirer of Professor Dunn. I frequently consult his excellent work "The Theology of Paul the Apostle" which I suppose puts me squarely in the "New Perspective" school. There is enough of the "New Perspective" in this volume to challange serious students of Paul's work, but the work mainly consists of excellent, sound exegesis and application. Professor Dunn has a calm and entertaining writing style that make his books hard to put down.
As regards to the controversial postion of the authorship of Colossians, Dunn believes that Timothy actually wrote the letter, due to textural differences between this letter and the undisputed Paulines. I will leave this debate to the scholars; since Timothy is listed as one of the authors I certainly have no problem with Dunn's postions.
I have a very high regard for this series in general, and for my thoughts I would refer you to my other reviews on volumes in this series. I highly recommend this work to any serious student of Paul. And, by the way, he does a great job with Philemon as well.

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