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To the Colossians, preoccupied with legal codes and intellectual disputes, Paul wrote a letter stressing not only the centrality of Christ but also the need for Christians to live out their faith in genuine community. Paul's antidote to a privatized and intellectualized faith will provide relief to many Christians today. To Philemon, a powerful church leader, Paul wrote a strong personal letter asking him to embark on a new relationship with his slave Onesimus. As a model for conflict resolution and mutual relations within the Christian community, Paul's letter has much to offer the church today. Throughout this commentary, Robert W. Wall explains what each letter meant to its original hearers and its application for us today.
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Wall (Th.D., Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of biblical studies at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. He is also the author of Revelation in the New International Biblical Commentary series (HendricClousekson Publishers).Review:
"Here . . . is a valuable new commentary on Colossians and Philemon, marked by theological depth and practicality. Robert Wall regularly makes astute observations on the text and pertinent applications to modern church life where the message of this letter needs to be heard and heeded. I heartily recommend this commentary." (Greg Goswell, New Life, March 18, 2011)
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