The epistles of the New Testament provide insight into the realities of the life of the early church, guidance for those called to lead the church, and comfort in the face of theological questions. The Protestant Reformers of the sixteenth century also found wisdom and guidance in these letters. In this RCS volume, Lee Gatiss and Bradley Green guide readers through a diversity of early modern commentary on the New Testament epistles.
Paul's epistle to Philemon is one of the shortest books in the entire Bible, and it certainly leaves plenty to the imagination. From the pen of an accomplished New Testament scholar, this vivid historical fiction account follows the slave Onesimus, fleshing out the lived context of first-century Ephesus and providing a social and theological critique of slavery in the Roman Empire.
In Colossians, Paul presents Christ as "the firstborn over all creation," and appeals to his readers to seek a maturity found only in Christ. In Philemon, Paul appeals to a fellow believer to receive a runaway slave in love and forgiveness. In this volume N. T. Wright offers comment on both of these important books.
In this commentary, Robert W. Wall explores two letters of Paul, showing how Colossians offers an antidote to a privatized and intellectualized faith and Philemon offers a vital model for conflict resolution and community building. Including background material and passage-by-passage exposition of the texts, Wall stresses throughout the lessons that today's church can draw from Paul's teaching.
Fullness and freedom. Paul writes about them at length in his letter to the Christians at Colossae, where certain new teachers were proclaiming that the gospel was not enough. Dick Lucas highlights the riches that are ours in Christ and emphasizes the sufficiency of Christ's gospel and the completeness of his work.
Editor Peter Gorday presents selected patristic commentary on Paul's shorter letters, highlighting the usefulness of these texts in doctrinal disputes and practical matters of the early church.
This ACT volume is the second of two volumes that will offer a first English translation of the anonymous fourth-century commentary on the thirteen letters of Paul. Widely viewed as one of the finest pre-Reformation commentaries on the Pauline Epistles, this commentary, until the time of Erasmus, was attributed to Ambrose. The name Ambrosiaster ("Star of Ambrose") seems to hav been given to the anonymous author of the work by its Benedictine editors (1686- 1690).
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