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The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians
HARDCOVER; Published: 7/7/2020
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7592-1
Price: $ 41.99
470 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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Series: Eerdmans Classic Biblical Commentaries

After a lifetime of work that earned him the appellation “Dean of Evangelical Scholarship,” F. F. Bruce’s legacy of defending the historical reliability of the New Testament and explicating its meaning remains influential today, and rightly so. This collection of three commentaries in one volume—Bruce’s final study of Paul’s writings—represents his legacy well. It was met with immediate acclaim upon publication in 1984 and an Evangelical Christian Publishers Association Gold Medallion award the following year. In these pages—now Bruce’s third volume in the Eerdmans Classic Biblical Commentaries series—this giant of twentieth-century biblical studies speaks still.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Colossians
I. Cities of the Lycus Valley
II. Jewish Settlement in the Lycus Valley
III. Christianity in the Lycus Valley
IV. The “Colossian Heresy”
V. The Teaching of Colossians
VI. Some Critical Questions
Analysis of Colossians
Colossians: Text, Expositions, and Notes

Introduction to Philemon
I. Authorship
II. Date and Provenance
III. Paul and Onesimus
IV. The Significance of the Letter
Analysis of Philemon
Philemon: Text, Expositions, and Notes

Introduction to Ephesians
I. Ephesians and the Pauline Corpus
II. The Parousia and the Spirit
III. Imagery of Ephesians
IV. Incipient Catholicism
V. Nature and Purpose of Ephesians
Analysis of Ephesians
Ephesians: Text, Expositions, and Notes

Expository Times
“Here is [F. F. Bruce’s] massive learning, thorough acquaintance with the ancient world, careful and cautious assessment of theories, love of Paul, and straightforward exposition of what Paul was saying. The student who works carefully through this volume will not only learn the main outlines of scholarly debate but will come to an understanding of the theological message of these letters.”
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
“This is a fine commentary and is all that we have come to expect from the pen of Bruce, the doyen of evangelical scholars—clear, accurate, easy to read, and giving evidence of the author’s breadth of learning and charity when disagreeing with the viewpoints of others.”
Religious Studies Review
“A summing up of a lifetime of productive study of these materials.”
“An evangelical student or pastor deciding on a commentary on Colossians would find Bruce a worthy candidate; on Ephesians there is simply no competitor. . . . As a single volume on the three epistles together it is of outstanding value.”