Christians throughout the centuries have marveled at the spiritual treasures in the apostle Paul’s letters to the Colossians and to Philemon. Grand themes of the supremacy of Christ, the superiority of the gospel over false belief systems, the joy of setting one’s focus on things above, and the love-bonds between all followers of the savior continue to inspire Christians today. This classic commentary will encourage and equip all who desire a deeper walk with God and a growing faith in him.
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This volume takes its place as a worthy replacement in the venerable International Critical Commentary series. Here is critical but reverent scholarship at its best, distilling many years of research and reflection. In a day when the length of critical commentaries is expanding exponentially, Wilson serves up a concise, erudite treatment, a model of lucid scholarship. For pastors who can work with their Greek New Testament and for teachers in colleges, universities and seminaries, this commentary will prove to be a goldmine of information. The proofreading for this highly technical volume is first rate.
—Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
A technical but readable analysis of Colossians and Philemon with due attention given to the text, background, and arguments of these letters. The author gives good overviews of scholarship and excavates the text with learned precision. Wilson is well-qualified to write a commentary on Colossians given his 40 years of expertise . . . in sum a technical but eminently readable commentary.
—Michael F. Bird, lecturer in theology, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia
To his great credit, Wilson keeps this aim in sight throughout his careful and detailed study. As a result, the commentary proves a valuable source-book of data on a variety of topics: lexical, conceptual, social, theological, and occasionally pastoral . . . It is rich in word studies based on the text and other New Testament sources . . . In all, this is a valuable contribution to the library of scholarly works on the two letters. Building on the work of Lightfoot, Lohse, and Dunn, it takes its place as a welcome addition to the ICC revision.
—Ralph P. Martin, emeritus distinguished scholar in residence, Fuller Theological Seminary
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Robert McL. Wilson was emeritus professor of biblical studies at the University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom.