Colossians and Philemon: An Introduction and Commentary, By Alan J. Thompson
Colossians and Philemon
  • Length: 280 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: July 05, 2022
  • Imprint: IVP Academic
  • Item Code: A0560
  • ISBN: 9781514005606

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In the letter to the Colossians, Paul points us to the sufficiency of Christ, urging readers to continue to trust in him. Because Christ is supreme over all, our hope is secure in him. Colossians also shows how the new life that believers have in Jesus is to reflect his character in everyday relationships.

Then in the letter to Philemon, we see the difference the gospel makes in the delicate context of Onesimus's departure from Philemon.

In this Tyndale Commentary, Alan Thompson shows how both Colossians and Philemon unpack and apply the beauty of the gospel of God's grace and Christ’s supremacy.

The Tyndale Commentaries are designed to help the reader of the Bible understand what the text says and what it means. The Introduction to each book gives a concise but thorough treatment of its authorship, date, original setting, and purpose. Following a structural Analysis, the Commentary takes the book section by section, drawing out its main themes, and also comments on individual verses and problems of interpretation. Additional Notes provide fuller discussion of particular difficulties.

In the new New Testament volumes, the commentary on each section of the text is structured under three headings: Context, Comment, and Theology. The goal is to explain the true meaning of the Bible and make its message plain.

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General preface
Author’s preface
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1. Who wrote this letter?
2. Where is Colossae and who is Paul writing to?
3. Where is Paul when he writes to the Colossians (and Philemon)?
4. Why did Paul write to the Colossians?
5. How does Paul’s argument develop?

1. Why was this letter written to Philemon?


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Alan J. Thompson is senior lecturer in New Testament at Sydney Missionary and Bible College, Croydon, New South Wales, Australia. He is the author of The Acts of the Risen Lord Jesus (NSBT), One Lord, One People, and Luke (Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament).

Eckhard J. Schnabel

Eckhard J. Schnabel (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is Mary F. Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has taught previously at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, Illinois), Freie Theologische Akademie (Giessen, Germany), and Asian Theological Seminary (Manila, Philippines). His books include Paul the Missionary and Jesus in Jerusalem: The Final Days.