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by Markus Barth,Helmut Blanke

ePub Colossians: A New Translation With Introduction and Commentary (Anchor Bible) download
Markus Barth,Helmut Blanke
Anchor Bible; 1st edition (March 1, 1995)
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In these two volumes Barth has followed the structure of Ephesians: upon the praise of God (chapters 1-3) are based the admonitions (chapters 4-6). From the Inside Flap.

Colossians not only provides a new and carefully balanced analysis of this pivotal New Testament text but also chronicles the development of Christian thought as it gradually spread throughout the Roman Empire. 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. About the Anchor Yale Bible Series.

Colossians (AYB), Ephesians (AYB). Markus Barth (6 October 1915 – 1 July 1994) was a Swiss scholar of theology. He lived in Bern, Basel, Berlin, and Edinburgh and was the son of the notable protestant theologian Karl Barth. From 1940 to 1953 he was a Reformed Pastor in Bubendorf near Basel. In 1947 he received a doctorate in New Testament from the University of Göttingen. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2000, ISBN 0-8028-3829-4.

Barth, Markus; Blanke, Helmut. AYB. Yale University Press, 1995.

AYB. Yale University Press, 2018. Barth, Markus; Blanke, Helmut. Ranking Colossians : ranked 12. Malherbe, Abraham J. The Letters to the Thessalonians.

A Brief Introduction to the New Testament. MacDonald, Margaret . Sacra Pagina: Colossians and Ephesians.

Collins, John J. and Senior, Donald, ed. the Catholic Study Bible: The New American Bible. 2 nd ed (New York: Oxford, 2006). A Brief Introduction to the New Testament. 2 nd ed. (New York: Oxford University Press. Vol. 17, Ed. Daniel J. Harrington, . Minnesota: Liturgical, 2000). Meeks, Wayne . the Urban Christians: The Social World of the Apostle Paul (New Haven and London: Yale, 1983). Mollenkott, Virginia.

The late Markus Barth held a chair in New Testament studies at the University of Basel in Switzerland. Helmut Blanke was a student of Markus Barth’s and earned his T. at the University of Basel.

A book-by-book translation and exegesis of the New Testament that includes 27. .Colossians by Markus Barth and Helmut Blanke.

Colossians by Markus Barth and Helmut Blanke. The Letters to the Thessalonians by Abraham J. Malherbe. The First and Second Letters to Timothy by Luke T. Johnson.

The Apostle Paul's letter to the Colossians offers a valuable and intimate glimpse into the life of a fledgling Christian community as it struggled to define Christian doctrine and theology. Paul was prompted to write to the Colossian assembly when he heard that "false teachers" had joined the congregation and were advocating dangerous, non-Christian practices. In an effort to appear superior, these heretical teachers were luring Christians to exercise asceticism, moral rigorism, and esoteric rituals, hallmarks of other "mystery" and pagan cults. In his passionate letter, Paul denounces these extreme and elitist practices and firmly defends a life in Christ. He proclaims that pure, simple worship of Christ alone is the most powerful statement of faith.In their astute and lucid commentary, eminent New Testament scholars Markus Barth and Helmut Blanke re-create the turbulent age of the birth of Christianity and examine the myriad of "outside" influences -- from cold, rational Hellenistic philosophy to exclusive, ethereal Gnostic thought -- that often threatened the evolution of Christian theology. Colossians not only provides a new and carefully balanced analysis of this pivotal New Testament text, but also chronicles the development of Christian thought as it gradually spread throughout the Roman Empire
  • Like the others who have reviewed this commentary, I am well pleased with my purchase. The thorough introduction is strong and unbiased. It provides multiple interpretations, so the reader doesn't feel like they need to adopt one as "the right interpretation." I am currently writing a essay on Colossians 2 entitled 'Shadow of Things to Come' and I've found this book to be the most helpful one in my research so far. A well known theologian challenged me, claiming that my interpretation was ludicrous and that no serious commentary could support my understanding [My thesis is that shadows do not need to be interpreted as a pejorative, but rather complimentary to the eschatological hope of believers in Messiah]. Apparently that scholar does not have this wonderful commentary or has never examined it. Among other commentaries on Colossians in my library are Dunn, Lohse, Witherington, Bruce, John Phillips ( This one is not recommended, see my review on the John Phillips commentary set.) While all of these works are great resources, Barth's is my favorite and in my opinion, the most helpful for study. I'm also highly anticipating Scot McKnight's upcoming commentary on Colossians, but for now, this one will suffice. If you're a student writing on Colossians, be sure to check this commentary out of the library and utilize it, or if you're a pastor teaching/preaching through this epistle, this commentary will no doubt serve invaluable to you.

  • very good

  • I am very glad I purchased this particular commentary on Colossians. It has exceeded my expectations.

  • Markus Barth is a German theologian and son of the famous Karl Barth. The commentary was originally in German and translated to English, despite Barth spending much of his life in America teaching and preaching in Reformed and Evangelical ministries. The commentary was primarily written by Barth, yet was completed by others when his health began to fail. Of the volumes of the Anchor Bible, this addition (Volume 34B) stands out as one of its most highly thought of commentaries.

    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.