James D. G. Dunn's exegetical approach is unique and highly informative, and a must-read for scholars seeking divergent well-researched and argued claims on authorship, structure, and theology. Dunn's work goes beyond exegesis and textual analysis; his historical approach describes a dynamic history of the early church during the time of Paul's missions, especially his mission to the church in Colossae. This volume is a notable achievement for the academic community on the study of Colossians.
Academy of Parish Clergy, Special Recognition (1997)
"The maturity and depth of Dunn's scholarship result in a commentary that is balanced and rich but not overwhelming in detail. The reader would have to look hard to identify someone better suited to comment on Colossians and Philemon and to find scholarship that is so consistently good. What in particular makes this volume worthwhile is the balance it strikes between depth and approachability: the commentary has the weightiness of a reference volume but its writing has a clarity and economy that engages the reader. It is one of the most readable commentaries around."
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