Colossians and Philemon (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)
Arnold, Clinton E.; Pao, David W.
In his epistle to the Colossians, Paul responds to challenges posted by various religious currents in fist-century Asia Minor by pointing the church to the sufficiency of Christ's work and his lordship over believers' lives. Through this christological lens, Paul critiques the religious practices that fail to conform to the true gospel, and he presents an alternative way of living that reflects the lordship of Christ in every aspect of life. In his epistle to Philemon, aPaul issues a profound challenge to believers as he calls for the realignment of fundamental human relationships in light of Christ's lordship. In both epistles, Paul demands that the believer's beliefs and practices align with their confession of Christ as the unique Lord over all.
Published October 2012
About the Author
David W. Pao (PhD Harvard University) is Professor of New Testament and Chair of the New Testament Department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His publications include Acts and the Isaianic New Exodus, Thanksgiving: An Investigation of a Pauline Theme, Early Christian Voices: In Texts, Traditions, and Symbols (coeditor), Commentary on the Gospel of Luke, and After Imperialism: Christian Identity in China and the Global Evangelical Movement (coeditor).
About the EditorClinton E. Arnold, author of Powers of Darkness: Principalities and Powers in Paul's Letters, earned his PhD at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and has done post-doctoral work at Eberhard-Karls-Universitat Tubingen in Germany. He is currently associate professor of New Testament at the Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California.