Philemon

Headline for Best Bible Commentaries on Philemon

Philemon is the eighteenth book of the New Testament. Authorship is traditionally attributed to the Apostle Paul. The letter is addressed to the church at Colossae, which met at Philemon’s house. Paul is writing to Philemon about his former slave, Onesimus. He is encouraging reconciliation between the men. Commentaries on Philemon are often coupled with commnetaries on Colossians, since they were written at approximately the same time to the same church. Commentaries often address the relationship between Philemon, the slave owner, and Onesimus the runaway slave.

Colossians and Philemon (PNTC) by Douglas Moo

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Accolades:

  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on Colossians
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Colossians and Philemon
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "an outstanding exposition for pastors"
  • 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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Accolades:

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

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

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Colossians and to Philemon (NIGTC) by James D.G. Dunn

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

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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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Philemon, Colossians, and Ephesians (SRSC) by Ben Witherington III

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

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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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Colossians and Philemon (MNTCS) by John MacArthur

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

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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 (EGGNT) by Murray J. Harris

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

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The Letter to Philemon (AB) by Joseph A. Fitzmyer

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Philemon

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

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