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The Letters to Philemon, the Colossians, and the Ephesians: A Socio-rhetorical Commentary on the Captivity Epistles (Eerdman's Socio-rhetorical Series of Commentaries on the New Testament) [Paperback]

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Pages   382
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.3 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2007
Publisher   WM. B. EERDMANS PUBLISHING CO.
ISBN  0802824889  
EAN  9780802824882  


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This volume completes Ben Witherington's own contributions to the Eerdmans socio-rhetorical series of commentaries on the New Testament. Besides the usual features of this series, Witherington offers an innovative way of looking at Colossians, Ephesians, and Philemon as inter-related documents written at different levels of moral discourse. Colossians is first order moral discourse (the opening gambit), Ephesians is second order moral discourse (what one says next after the opening salvo to the same audience), and Philemon is third order moral discourse (what one says to a personal friend or intimate). Witherington successfully analyzes these documents as examples of Asiatic rhetoric, explaining the difference in style from earlier Pauline documents. He further shows that Paul is deliberately engaging in the transformation of existing social institutions. As always, Witherington's work is scholarly and engaging, and will be welcome on any shelf.

Publishers Description
This volume completes Ben Witherington??'s own contributions to the Eerdmans socio-rhetorical series of commentaries on the New Testament.

Besides the usual features of this series, Witherington offers an innovative way of looking at Colossians, Ephesians, and Philemon as inter-related documents written at different levels of moral discourse. Colossians is first order moral discourse (the opening gambit), Ephesians is second order moral discourse (what one says next after the opening salvo to the same audience), and Philemon is third order moral discourse (what one says to a personal friend or intimate). Witherington successfully analyzes these documents as examples of Asiatic rhetoric, explaining the difference in style from earlier Pauline documents. He further shows that Paul is deliberately engaging in the transformation of existing social institutions.

As always, Witherington??'s work is scholarly and engaging, and will be welcome on any shelf.

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More About III Ben Witherington

Ben Witherington, III Bible scholar Ben Witherington is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary and on the doctoral faculty at St. Andrews University in Scotland. A graduate of UNC, Chapel Hill, he went on to receive the M.Div. degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. from the University of Durham in England. He is now considered one of the top evangelical scholars in the world, and is an elected member of the prestigious SNTS, a society dedicated to New Testament studies.

Witherington has also taught at Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School and Gordon-Conwell. A popular lecturer, Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges and biblical meetings not only in the United States but also in England, Estonia, Russia, Europe, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia. He has also led tours to Italy, Greece, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.

Witherington has written over forty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. He also writes for many church and scholarly publications.

Along with many interviews on radio networks across the country, Witherington has been seen on the History Channel, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, The Discovery Channel, A&E, and the PAX Network.

Ben Witherington currently resides in the state of Kentucky. Ben Witherington was born in 1951 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Asbury Theological Seminary.

Ben Witherington has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Companions to the New Testament
  2. Lightfoot Legacy Set
  3. New Testament Commentary
  4. Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary


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Excellent library addition  May 13, 2009
Witherington delivers exactly what the title provides - an excellent socio-rhetorical commentary. He breaks down each letter into its rhetorical components such as exordium, narratio, etc. and delivers quality analysis of the text through that lens. There are a couple of shortcomings: (i) the introductory rhetorical overview between Ephesians, Colossians and Philemon is a bit unorganized (meaning you have to look back and forth to find material on specific letters), and (ii) there are a couple of historical misses like his thought (at 176)that the "putting off/putting on" language of Col. 3:1-17 might be indicative of nude baptismal practices involving the taking off of clothes, walking through the baptismal waters and receiving clean clothes on the other side. There is no real evidence for such practices until the second century and Witherington pegs the author date for Colossians in the first century. Regardless, Witherington's writing style is engaging and his analysis of the text through the lens of rhetoric is thought-provoking. For example, his reasoning for Paul as the author of Colossians based upon an intentional use of Asiatic rhetoric involving repetition and other stylistic features typical of Asiatic rhetoric but different than other Pauline rhetoric is worth the read by itself.
A definite buy for a commentary library.
 

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