Colossians

Headline for Best Bible Commentaries on Colossians

Colossians is the twelfth book of the New Testament. Authorship is traditionally attributed to the Apostle Paul. The letter is addressed to Christians in the city of Colossae. In the letter, Paul addresses a false teaching that had manifested in the church concerning the work of Christ, seeking to correct the error. Commentaries on Colossians often address the nature of the error that had infiltrated the church, and the truth about the person of Christ and the conduct of Christians.

Colossians and Philemon (PNTC) by Douglas Moo

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  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on Colossians
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "an outstanding exposition for pastors"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Colossians and Philemon
  • Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on Colossians; "a close second place to O’Brien"

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
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  • Scholars/professors doing research
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Colossians, Philemon (NIVAC) by David E. Garland

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "an excellent exposition for pastors"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Colossians and Philemon
  • Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Colossians; "offers great insight into the text and its contemporary application"

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
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Colossians and Philemon (ZECNT) by David W. Pao

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  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on Colossians
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Colossians and Philemon

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
Colossians-Philemon (WBC) by Peter T. O'Brien

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  • Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Colossians
  • Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on Colossians; "all students of Colossians and Philemon should consult O’Brien"

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
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Colossians and to Philemon (NIGTC) by James D.G. Dunn

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a technical but very helpful interpretation"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Colossians and Philemon

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
Colossians, Philemon, and Ephesians (NICNT) by F.F. Bruce

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  • Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on Colossians; a "unique combination of scholarship and readability"

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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Colossians and Philemon (TNTC) by N.T. Wright

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "brief and insightful commentary"

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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Colossians and Philemon (Preaching the Word) by R. Kent Hughes

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The Message of Colossians & Philemon (BST) by Dick Lucas

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  • Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on Colossians; "emphasizes the big picture and the overall flow of the text"

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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Colossians and Philemon (Herm) by Eduard Lohse

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a technical commentary"

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Colossians and Philemon (MNTC) by John MacArthur

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Philippians, Colossians, Philemon (NAC) by Richard R. Melick Jr.

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Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon (For Everyone) by N.T. Wright

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Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon (Interpretation) by Ralph P. Martin

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Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon (NIBC) by Arthur G. Patzia

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Colossians and Philemon (EGGNT) by Murray J. Harris

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; helps "student with the Greek text"

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Colossians (AB) by Markus Barth and Helmut Blanke

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a helpful exposition"

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Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians (HNTC) by Max Anders

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