Colossians and Philemon have traditionally been overshadowed by other New Testament texts thought to express Pauline theology more clearly. In this notable commentary, however, Marianne Meye Thompson shows how these two epistles provide a unique formulation of the gospel in terms of creation and reconciliation rather than justification by faith. In Colossians she finds an overarching narrative of the Bibles grand creation-redemption story and an important emphasis on the relationship between creation and Christology, while her exploration of Philemon casts brighter light on the significance of Pauls familial metaphors for the church and the meaning of new humanity in Christ. Throughout her work on these two epistles, Thompson continually connects her insights to theological concerns, making this volume an excellent addition to the Two Horizons series.
Marianne Meye Thompson
Marianne Meye Thompson is professor of New Testament interpretation at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, and an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Her previous books include commentaries on the Gospel of John and the Johannine epistles.
'Marianne Meye Thompsons major new work on Colossians and Philemon bears all the hallmarks of her Johannine theological acumen, bringing the epistles spiritual dynamism to life with her characteristic combination of learning and lightness of touch. This is an exemplary Two Horizons commentary. . . . An impressive, timely contribution to the interpretation of these two New Testament letters.'
- Markus Bockmuehl, Cambridge University
'[Thompson] stirs up a fresh cauldron of spell-binding theological thoughts for todays readers.An excellent work well suited for students, pastors, and other Christian leaders.'
- Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
"Exceptionally fine work on both Colossians and Philemon, combining both detailed exegesis and illuminating theological reflection on the text. This impressive volume makes an excellent contribution to understanding both these Pauline letters."
- Journal for the Study of the New Testament