Ephesians and Colossians is the first of eighteen volumes in the new Paideia commentary series. This series approaches each text in its final, canonical form, proceeding by sense units rather than word-by-word or verse-by-verse. Each sense unit is explored in three sections: (1) introductory matters, (2) tracing the train of thought, (3) key hermeneutical and theological questions. The commentaries shed fresh light on the text while avoiding idiosyncratic readings, attend to theological meaning without presuming a specific theological stance in the reader, and show how the text uses narrative and rhetorical strategies from the ancient educational context to form and shape the reader. Professors, graduate and seminary students, and pastors will benefit from this readable commentary, as will theological libraries.
Charles H. Talbert (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is distinguished professor of religion at Baylor University. He is the author of many books, including Reading the Sermon on the Mount, Romans, and Reading Acts: A Literary and Theological Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles.
Series Preface Introduction to Ephesians and Colossians Ephesians Ephesians 1:1-2 Ephesians 1:3-14 Ephesians 1:15-2:10 Ephesians 2:11-22 Ephesians 3:1-21 Ephesians 4:1-16 Ephesians 4:17-5:21 Ephesians 5:22-6:9 Ephesians 6:10-20 Ephesians 6:21-24 Colossians Colossians 1:1-2 Colossians 1:3-23 Colossians 1:24-2:5 Colossians 2:6-23 Colossians 3:1-4:6 Colossians 4:7-18 Bibliography Index of ancient sources Index of modern authors