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Colossians: A Commentary
Sumney, Jerry L.

Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox, 2008 pp. xxvii + 305. $49.95

Series Information
The New Testament Library



Description: The New Testament Library offers authoritative commentary of every book and major aspect of the New Testament, providing fresh translations based on the best available ancient manuscripts, critical portrayals of the historical world in which the books were created, careful attention to their literary design, and a theologically perceptive exposition of the biblical text. C. Clifton Black, M. Eugene Boring, and John T. Carroll are series editors. The Letter to the Colossians offers great insight into the faith, life, and problems of an early Christian church. Understanding this letter to be one of Paulís prison epistles but aware of the differences between this and his other writings, Jerry Sumney shows how the church struggled with expressing its new faith in the diverse settings of the Greco-Roman world. Paying special attention to the ways of forgiveness and salvation through the power of Christ, this fine commentary offers compelling new insights into Colossiansí expansive Christology and expectant eschatology.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Deutero-Pauline Epistles, Colossians, Literature

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Review by Angela Standhartinger
Published 2/3/2010
Citation: Angela Standhartinger, review of Jerry L. Sumney, Colossians: A Commentary, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


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