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Colossians ➻ [Reading] ➽ Colossians By Markus Barth ➰ – Buyprobolan50.co.uk The Apostle Paul s Letter to the Colossians offers a valuable and intimate glimpse into the life of a fledgling Christian community as it struggled to define Christian doctrine and theology Paul was p The Apostle Paul s Letter to the Colossians offers a valuable and intimate glimpse into the life of a fledgling Christian community as it struggled to define Christian doctrine and theology Paul was prompted to write to the Colossian assembly when he heard that false teachers had joined the congregation and were advocating dangerous, non Christian practices In an effort to appear superior, these heretical teachers were luring Christians to exercise asceticism, moral rigorism, and esoteric rituals hallmarks of other mystery and pagan cults In his passionate letter, Paul denounces these extreme and elitist practices and firmly defends a life in Christ He proclaims that pure, simple worship of Christ alone is the most powerful statement of faith In their astute and lucid commentary, eminent New Testament scholars Markus Barth and Helmut Blanke re create the turbulent age of the birth of Christianity and examine the myriad outside influences from cold, rational Hellenistic philosophy to exclusive, ethereal Gnostic thought that often threatened the evolution of Christian theology Colossians not only provides a new and carefully balanced analysis of this pivotal New Testament text but also chronicles the development of Christian thought as it gradually spread throughout the Roman Empire.


10 thoughts on “Colossians

  1. Andrew Klynsmith Andrew Klynsmith says:

    Markus Barth honours the text of Scripture, searches it for authorial intent, gives good historical context, and helps the reader think through many issues especially with reference to the wider canon of Scripture He shows his schooling in higher critical method in his approach to the authorship of this letter, but for all that, this is really a very wonderful, stimulating, faithful and edifying commentary.


  2. Fred Kohn Fred Kohn says:

    The impression I have is that this is the most thorough commentary I have read yet in this series He seems to dig into the Greek a bitand often refers to technical details of Greek syntax and grammar I suppose that if you didn t know much about Greek this could be rather off putting I myself was a bit put off by referring to certain aspects of Greek by their Latin names rather than English names Most of the time it was pretty easy to figure out what the Latin meant, but not always.


  3. Steve Pylkas Steve Pylkas says:

    I guess I will always struggle with the text critical practitioners that strive to attribute biblical writings to anyone other than the one traditionally defined as the author Nonetheless, the scholarship Barth brings to any work makes the reading invaluable for deeper questions and insights Still tough to top his outstanding work on Ephesians


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