The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians (Google eBook)

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1984 - Religion - 442 pages
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?. . . undertaken to provide earnest students of the New Testament with an exposition that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship and at the same time loyal to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God.? This statement reflects the underlying purpose of The New International Commentary on the New Testament. Begun in the late 1940s by an international team of New Testament scholars, the NICNT series has become recognized by pastors, students, and scholars alike as a critical yet orthodox commentary marked by solid biblical scholarship within the evangelical Protestant tradition.

While based on a thorough study of the Greek text, the commentary introductions and expositions contain a minimum of Greek references. The NICNT authors evaluate significant textual problems and take into account the most important exegetical literature. More technical aspects such as grammatical, textual, and historical problems are dealt with in footnotes, special notes, and appendixes.

Under the general editorship of three outstanding New Testament scholars first Ned Stonehouse (Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia), then F. F. Bruce (University of Manchester, England), and now Gordon D. Fee (Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia) the NICNT series has continued to develop over the years. In order to keep the commentary ?new? and conversant with contemporary scholarship, the NICNT volumes have been and will be revised or replaced as necessary.

The newer NICNT volumes in particular take into account the role of recent rhetorical and sociological inquiry in elucidating the meaning of the text, and they also exhibit concern for the theology and application of the text. As the NICNT series is ever brought up to date, it will continue to find ongoing usefulness as an established guide to the New Testament text.
  

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Scholarly, insightful, and helpful commentary.

User Review  - Charles Renno - Christianbook.com

F. F. Bruce again produced a well-researched and significant study of the Apostle Paul and his writings. The volume is well indexed, detailed in its analysis of texts, and insightful as to the ... Read full review

This is a wonderful book.

User Review  - Christ Follower - Christianbook.com

As soon as I received FF Bruce's commentary, I put it to use in a men's Bible study I'm leading in Ephesians. It is clear and concise and covers the major theological, and exegetical topics with great care and knowledge. This is a great resource. Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION TO COLOSSIANS
3
II JEWISH SETTLEMENT IN THE LYCUS VALLEY
8
III CHRISTIANITY IN THE LYCUS VALLEY
13
IV THE COLOSSIAN HERESY
17
V THE TEACHING OF COLOSSIANS
26
VI SOME CRITICAL QUESTIONS
28
ANALYSIS OF COLOSSIANS
35
Text Exposition and Notes
37
INTRODUCTION TO EPHESIANS
229
II THE PAROUSIA AND THE SPIRIT
233
III IMAGERY OF EPHESIANS
235
IV INCIPIENT CATHOLICISM
237
V NATURE AND PURPOSE OF EPHESIANS
240
ANALYSIS OF EPHESIANS
247
Text Exposition and Notes
249
EPHESIANS 2
279

COLOSSIANS 2
89
COLOSSIANS 3
131
COLOSSIANS 4
171
INTRODUCTION TO PHILEMON
191
II DATE AND PROVENANCE
193
III PAUL AND ONESIMUS
196
IV THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE LETTER
198
ANALYSIS OF PHILEMON
203
Texts Exposition and Notes
205
EPHESIANS 3
309
EPHESIANS 4
333
EPHESIANS 5
367
EPHESIANS 6
397
INDEX OF PRINCIPAL SUBJECTS
417
INDEX OF AUTHORS
421
INDEX OF SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
427
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About the author (1984)

Bruce was the Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester, England.

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