- Paperback: 580 pages
- Publisher: Yale University Press (4 Dec. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 030013987X
- ISBN-13: 978-0300139877
- Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
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Colossians (Anchor Bible Commentaries) (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) Paperback – 4 Dec 2007
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About the Author
The late Markus Barth held a chair in New Testament studies at the University of Basel in Switzerland. He was the son of the great theologian Karl Barth. Helmut Blanke was a student of Markus Barth's and earned his Th.D. at the University of Basel.
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Many commentaries on Colossians are shoehorned into a volume with another of Paul's epistles (most commonly Ephesians and Philemon, as in NICNT, but also with Philippians and Philemon, as in the NAC). There are great discussions on Colossians that are missed when this is undertaken. Of the commentaries on Colossians, few go into as great detail as Barth and Blanke. They dig deep into the purpose and authorship of the epistle exiting with a view of Pauline authorship combating a Jewish/pagan heresy. For instance, the authors spend nearly 130 of the 550+pages discussing these topics from many different viewpoints. As the authors proceed through the text of Colossians, they begin with an English translation of a segment, then they provide two sections of commentary beginning with Notes (technical discussion) and proceeding to Comments (more pastoral aspects.) Foreign words are transliterated. Thus, Barth's Colossians is accessible to both scholars while remaining pastoral in nature.
The text is one of the most highly readable texts I have encountered in my collection of commentaries. Bauer (An Annotated Guide to Biblical Resources for Ministry) describes the text as "bordering on poetic." I have to agree.
The commentary utilizes footnotes rather than endnotes to preclude flipping back and forth. Moreover, it includes a host of indexes and an extensive bibliography. Of the indexes, Barth includes a Scriptural Index, an Index of Premodern Sources, an Index of Modern Sources, an Index of Modern Authors, an Index of Foreign Words, and an Index of Subjects. Therefore, finding information in the text is exceedingly easy.
While I have not cast off my volume of NICNT on Colossians (and Ephesians and Philemon) as being my initial go-to commentary, when I am doing deep study on Colossians, Barth's edition in the Anchor Bible is the second book I pull from the shelf.
I highly recommend this text for all who desire to dig deeply into the issues found in and surrounding Paul's epistle to the Colossians.