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Prison Epistles : Philippians, Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon - Lawrence Farley

Prison Epistles

Philippians, Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon

Paperback Published: 12th September 2011
ISBN: 9781888212525
Number Of Pages: 216

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From the depths of a Roman prison, words of encouragement and instruction flowed from the tongue of the great Apostle Paul. Written down by scribes, his words went forth as a series of letters to Christian communities throughout the Roman Empire. The Apostle Paul may have been fettered and shackled to a series of Roman guards, but the Word he preached remained unfettered and free. This volume contains commentaries on the epistles to the Philippians, Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon-which were written while the Apostle Paul was in prison. About the Orthodox Bible Study Companion Series: This commentary was written for your grandmother and for your plumber. That is, it was written for the average layperson, for the nonprofessional who feels a bit intimidated by the presence of copious footnotes, long bibliographies, and all those other things which so enrich the lives of academics. Working from a literal translation of the original Greek, this commentary examines the text section by section, explaining its meaning in everyday language. Written from an Orthodox and patristic perspective, it maintains a balance between the devotional and the exegetical, feeding both the heart and the mind.

Introductionp. 9
Key to the Format of This Workp. 13
The Epistle of St. Paul the Apostle to the Philippians: St. Paul in Philippip. 15
Opening Greetings (1:1, 2)p. 19
Opening Thanksgiving--for support in his imprisonment (1:3-8)p. 21
Opening Prayer--for their growth despite his imprisonment (1:9-11)p. 24
Good News from Prison--a reason for rejoicing (1:12-26)p. 25
Exhortation to Unity--a comfort to St. Paul while in prison (1:27-2:18)p. 32
Future Planned Visits (2:19-30)p. 43
Warnings Against False Teachers (3:1-4:1)p. 47
Final Personal Admonitions (4:2-9)p. 58
Added Final Thanksgiving for Their Gift (4:10-22)p. 62
Concluding Blessing (4:23)p. 65
The Epistle of St. Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians: St. Paul in Ephesusp. 67
Opening Greetings (1:1, 2)p. 71
Opening Thanksgiving--for God's salvation in Christ (1:3-14)p. 72
Opening Prayer--for them to know this glorious salvation (1:15-23)p. 80
Their Glorious Salvation (2:1-3:13)p. 84
Saved while God's enemies (2:1-10)p. 84
Saved while strangers to God's covenant (2:11-22)p. 88
Paul now their servant of this mystery of salvation (3:1-13)p. 95
Prayer for Them to Mature into the Love of Christ (3:14-21)p. 100
Exhortation to Mature into the Love of Christ (4:1-6:9)p. 105
Maturity of unity (4:1-16)p. 105
Maturity of putting on love (4:17-5:2)p. 117
Maturity of shunning darkness for light (5:3-21)p. 124
Maturity of living together in family (5:22-6:9)p. 130
Exhortation to Stand Fast in Conflict with Darkness (6:10-20)p. 137
Final Personal News (6:21-23)p. 142
Concluding Blessing (6:24)p. 143
The Epistle of St. Paul the Apostle to the Colossians: The Church at Colossaep. 145
Opening Greetings (1:1, 2)p. 149
Opening Thanksgiving--for their faith, love, and hope (1:3-8)p. 150
Opening Prayer--for them to know God's will and be strengthened to persevere (1:9-12)p. 152
The Cosmic Christ and His Salvation (1:13-23)p. 154
St. Paul Their Servant of This Mystery (1:24-29)p. 163
Warning Against Gnostic Heresy (2:1-3:4)p. 168
Exhortation to Holiness (3:5-4:1)p. 180
Putting off the old life (3:5-11)p. 180
Putting on the new life (3:12-17)p. 183
Living together in family (3:18-4:1)p. 187
Final Admonitions (4:2-6)p. 189
Final Personal News and Greetings (4:7-17)p. 193
Concluding Blessing (4:18)p. 199
The Epistle of St. Paul the Apostle to Philemon: Slavery in the Ancient Worldp. 201
Opening Greetings (1-3)p. 207
Opening Thanksgiving (4-7)p. 208
Appeal for Onesimus (8-22)p. 209
Final Greetings (23, 24)p. 215
Concluding Blessing (25)p. 216
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ISBN: 9781888212525
ISBN-10: 1888212527
Series: Orthodox Bible Study Companion
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 12th September 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.84 x 13.82  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.32

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