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Sacra Pagina : Colossians and Ephesians - Margaret Y. MacDonald

Sacra Pagina

Colossians and Ephesians

Paperback Published: 1st March 2008
ISBN: 9780814659786
Number Of Pages: 394

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No two works in the Pauline Epistles resemble each other as closely as Colossians and Ephesians. Often recognized for their majestic tone and powerful theological statement, Colossians and Ephesians also present many challenges of interpretation. Most commentaries on these letters seem preoccupied with the same few issues, particularly the question of authorship. As MacDonald addresses these classic questions, she offers a fresh perspective on Colossians and Ephesians by making use of insights from the social sciences. Moreover, by paying attention to subtle differences between the two letters, she brings their distinct perspectives into sharp relief. MacDonald highlights the interplay between Colossians and Ephesians and the social life of New Testament communities. She illustrates how the texts reflect ancient cultural values and are influenced by particular aspects of community life such as worship and household existence. In particular, she reflects on the issues faced by these communities as they formed institutions and interacted with the society around them. She shows the struggles of the New Testament communities to survive and maintain a distinct identity in first-century society.

This is a fine commentary which presents the fruits of scholarly research in a very clear and accessible way. The detailed notes offer a wealth of insight into the meaning of the text, while the interpretation sections offer a broader discussion of its content and significance. In particular, drawing judiciously on social-scientific resources, Margaret MacDonald offers a rich understanding of the social context of these two letters and of their contribution to the development of Christian community and identity. It is good news indeed that a new paperback edition will make this work even more accessible to a wide range of readers.David G. Horrell, Professor of New Testament Studies, University of Exeter, UK

Editor's Prefacep. vii
Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introduction
A Social-Scientific Approachp. 1
Reading Colossians and Ephesians Togetherp. 4
Colossiansp. 6
Who Wrote Colossians?p. 6
To Whom, When, and Where Was Colossians Written?p. 9
The Opponentsp. 10
Religious Significancep. 13
Ephesiansp. 15
Who Wrote Ephesians?p. 15
To Whom, When, and Where Was Ephesians Written?p. 17
The Nature and Purpose of Ephesiansp. 18
Religious Significancep. 21
General Bibliographyp. 23
Translation, Notes, and Interpretation
Colossians
Greeting (1:1-2)p. 31
Thanksgiving for the Colossians (1:3-8)p. 36
Prayer on Behalf of the Colossians (1:9-14)p. 46
The Christ-Hymn (1:15-20)p. 58
Application of the Hymn to the Situation in Colossae (1:21-23)p. 71
Paul's Authority in Colossae and Laodicea (1:24-2:7)p. 78
Debate with the Opponents: The Power of the Risen Christ (2:8-15)p. 96
Debate with the Opponents: Warnings against Ascetic Practices (2:16-23)p. 109
New Life in Light of the Resurrection (3:1-4)p. 126
Ethical Guidelines for a New Life (3:5-17)p. 134
The Households of Believers (3:18-4:1)p. 152
Prayer, Mission, and Contact with Outsiders (4:2-6)p. 170
Conclusion: Personal Notes and Greetings (4:7-18)p. 177
Ephesians
Greeting (1:1-2)p. 191
Blessing (1:3-14)p. 196
Thanksgiving and Prayer (1:15-23)p. 214
The Consequences of Life Together with Christ (2:1-10)p. 227
The Unity of Jews and Gentiles Created by Christ (2:11-22)p. 240
The Apostle as Interpreter of the Divine Mystery (3:1-13)p. 259
Prayer and Doxology (3:14-21)p. 274
The Unity of the Spirit (4:1-16)p. 285
The Sons of Disobedience and the Children of Light (4:17-5:20)p. 300
The Households of Believers (5:21-6:9)p. 324
Doing Battle with Evil (6:10-20)p. 342
Conclusion: Personal Matters and Final Blessing (6:21-24)p. 350
Indexes
Selected Scriptural Citationsp. 355
Selected References to Other Literaturep. 377
Index of Authorsp. 383
Index of Subjectsp. 387
Supplementary Bibliographyp. 391
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ISBN: 9780814659786
ISBN-10: 0814659780
Series: Sacra Pagina (Quality Paper)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 394
Published: 1st March 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.55  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.56