For hundreds of years Christendom has been blessed with Bible commentaries written by great men of God who were highly respected for their godly walk and their insight into spiritual truth. The Crossway Classic Commentary Series, carefully adapted for maximum understanding and usefulness, presents the very best work on individual Bible books for today's believers. 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 Saviour 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.
Title: Colossians and Philemon: The Crossway Classic Commentaries
Author: J. B. Lightfoot
Publication Date: 1997
Title: Colossians and Philemon: Crossway Classic Commentaries
Joseph Barber Lightfoot (1828–1889), also known as J. B. Lightfoot, was an English theologian, preacher, canon of St Paul's Cathedral and bishop of Durham. His writings include essays on biblical and historical subject matter, commentaries on Pauline epistles and studies on the Apostolic Fathers as well as four posthumously published volumes of sermons. Lightfoot attended King Edward's School in Birmingham before attending Trinity College in Cambridge where he was elected a Fellow of his college. He became a tutor of Trinity College in 1857 and later a professor of divinity, editing the Journal of Classical and Sacred Philology from 1854 to 1859. In 1871, Lightfoot became canon of St. Paul?s Cathedral, preaching regularly and participating in various ecclesiastical activities. He gained enormous popularity for his work Essays on the Work Entitled Supernatural Religion, a defense of the New Testament in response to Walter Richard Cassel's Supernatural Religion. In 1870, Lightfoot became Bishop of Durham, where he continued his theological study, writing, and preaching. Lightfoot wrote commentaries on Galatians, Philippians and Colossians and Philemon, and his newly discovered commentary notes on Acts, John, 2 Corinthians and 1 Peter are being published in the three-volume Lightfoot Legacy set.
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The crossway edition uses the NIV text followed by Lightfoot's translation and then replaces the Greek words with the questionable NIV interpretations. Also the NIV terms are substituted in for Lightfoot's renderings (which may have been KJV or perhaps ERV) for consistency. So the original Greek is sanitized with the NIV.