Commentaries on Philemon

On this page you will find Bible commentaries on the New Testament book of Philemon. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews. You will also find options for commentaries on Philemon that help pastors, teachers, and readers with application of the text, commentaries that approach the Scripture verse-by-verse, classic Christian commentaries, and much more.

Top Reviewed Commentaries on Philemon



Colossians and Philemon (PNTC) by Douglas Moo


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Accolades:

D. A. Carson: a “best buy” on Philemon; “the best all-around commentaries for pastors”

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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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”

D.A. Carson: “do not avoid the volume on Colossians [and Philemon] by David E. Garland”

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Colossians and Philemon (ZECNT) by David W. Pao


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Accolades:

D. A. Carson: a “best buy” on Philemon; “remarkably accessible…careful, understated, reliable, and nuanced”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on Colossians and Philemon

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Colossians-Philemon (WBC) by Peter T. O’Brien


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Accolades:

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


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Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on Colossians and Philemon

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “a technical but very helpful interpretation”

Audience:

From the publisher: “At a time when the study of Greek is curtailed in many schools of theology, we hope that the NIGNT will demonstrate the continuing value of studying the Greek New Testament… the volumes of the NIGNT are for students who want something less technical than a full-scale critical commentary… the supreme aim of this series is to serve those who are engaged in the ministry of the Word of God and thus glorify God’s name.”



Colossians, Philemon, and Ephesians (NICNT) by F.F. Bruce


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Accolades:

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

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From the publisher: “Written for scholars, pastors, and lay readers alike…undertaken to provide earnest students of the New Testament with an exposition that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship and at the same time loyal to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God.”



Colossians and Philemon (TNTC) by N.T. Wright


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Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “brief and insightful commentary”

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


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Accolades:

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

Audience:

The “the three distinctives of The Bible Speaks Today series are (1) “BST authors are committed to a serious study of the text in its own integrity,” (2) that “expositors should not be antiquarians, living only in the remote past” but suggest application for living, and (3) “each book is intended to be both readable in style and manageable in size.”



Colossians and Philemon (EGGNT) by Murray J. Harris


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Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended; helps “student with the Greek text”

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Colossians and Philemon (Herm) by Eduard Lohse


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Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “a technical commentary”

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


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Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on Philemon

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More Commentaries with Application Help for Pastors



Colossians and Philemon (Preaching the Word) by R. Kent Hughes


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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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More Verse-by-Verse Commentaries



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


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From the publisher: “The New American Commentary is introduced to bridge the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This new series has been designed primarily to enable pastors, teachers, and students to read the Bible with clarity and proclaim it with power.”



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


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


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Social, Historical, and Cultural Background Commentaries



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


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Classic Christian Commentaries for Bible Study



Colossians and Philemon (MNTCS) by John MacArthur


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