10 Best Philemon Commentaries You Should Read First

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With so many Philemon commentaries, which are the best? These Philemon commentaries made it to our list of top books and we’ve compiled them to make it easy for you to find them. Please note that we did not write the descriptions ourselves (for our thoughts on books, check out our book reviews).

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1) The Epistles of Paul to the Colossians and Philemon (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries)



The premier shorter-length commentary series throughout the English-speaking world, the 20 volume Tyndale New Testament Commentaries are a trusted resource for Bible study. They are written by some of the world’s most distinguished evangelical scholars and offer clear, reliable and relevant explanations of every book in the New Testament. The introduction to each Tyndale volume gives a concise but thorough description of the authorship, date and historical background of the biblical book under consideration. Tyndale commentary itself examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. Additionally, it comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation.  N. T. Wright writes this solid and accessible volume.

2) Colossians and Philemon: (New Covenant Commentary)


The New Covenant Commentary Series is compiled by contributors from a diverse range of backgrounds. It stands out due to its clear biblical interpretation and theological reflection. Focusing on both the text and various contexts of each book, the series illustrates the impact each book had on faith and tradition at the time of their composition—and the significance they continue to have in contemporary life, faith, and ministry. Michael Bird’s writes the excellent commentary on Colossians and Philemon.


3) Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 44, Colossians-Philemon



The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day. This series emphasizes a deep analysis of textual, linguistic, structural and theological evidence. Balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology is the end product. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for everyone from professional theologians to lay people interested in building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.


4) The Letters to the Colossians and to Philemon (The Pillar New Testament Commentary (PNTC))


The 15 volume Pillar New Testament Commentary is designed both for serious students and for general readers of the Bible. The authors provide rigorous exegesis and exposition and contemporary relevance of the Bible. The New International Version is the translation of choice for the English text, the authors base their exposition on the Greek New Testament. The brilliant Colossians to Philemon volume is presented by Douglas J. Moo.


5) The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians (The New International Commentary on the New Testament)



The New International Commentary on the New Testament provides an exposition of Scripture that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship, yet loyal to Scripture as the Word of God. It is an authoritative guide to the text of Scripture, bridging the cultural gap between today’s world and the world of the Bible. Contributors are gifted writers and scholars who open each commentary with an introduction to the biblical book. Other features are: a select bibliography, the author’s own translation from the original Hebrew and Greek texts, verse-by-verse comments, in-depth discussions of technical matters and more.


6) Colossians, Philemon (NIV Application Commentary)


Colossians, Philemon (NIV Application Commentary)
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David E. Garland – professor of New Testament at Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University in Waco, Texas – shares perspectives on Colossians and Philemon that show ageless truths for our modern lives in this NIV Application Commentary. NIV Application Commentaries have three sections in each chapter: a textual analysis, a section bridging the ancient to the modern, and then modern applications. This top commentary is a must have for anyone who seriously wants to apply the Word of God to modern application.


7) The Message of Colossians & Philemon (Bible Speaks Today)



Dick Lucas pens the highly understandable The Message of Colossians & Philemon.  This book is part of the Bible Speaks Today commentary series which embraces a three-prong approach to commentaries: expound the biblical text with accuracy, relate it to contemporary life and to readable.


8) The Letters to Philemon, the Colossians, and the Ephesians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Captivity Epistles



The innovative The Letters to Philemon, the Colossians, and the Ephesians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Captivity Epistles completes Ben Witherington’s socio-rhetorical commentaries on the New Testament for Eerdmans. Witherington is one of today’s top scholars and this book is a “must read” for any student of the New Testament.

9) Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament, Volume 12: Colossians and Philemon



The Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament shutters the gap between the Greek text and the available lexical and grammatical tools for the New Testament. It’s published by Eerdmans.  Volume 12: Colossians and Philemon is written by Murray J. Harris – professor emeritus of New Testament Exegesis and Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.


10) Calvins Commentaries (22 Volume Set)


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Calvin’s Commentaries are a 22 volume timeless set of texts by John Calvin – the French theologian and pastor of Geneva who was one of the principal 16th-century Reformers. Calvin’s commentaries display a unique combination of exegetical insight, pastoral concern, and theological depth which have inspired generations of Christians. This is a massive and classic collection on both Old and New Testament books with over 22,000 pages in total. Features include: advanced searching by passage and topic, passage guides and reports, sermon preparation and more.




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