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Philippians, Colossians, & Philemon - NIV

Philippians, Colossians, & Philemon - NIV

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College Press NIV Commentary Series is formatted with a verse-by-verse explanation of the text. It was developed for both the scholar and the average Bible student. The College Press NIV Commentary Series is the only full commentary set in print from the Restoration Movement. Each volume (41 volumes for the Old & New Testament) contains the following helpful features:

  • Biblically sound exegesis
  • Clear exposition
  • Objective approach
  • Concise introduction
  • New International Version of the Bible
  • Key word translation
  • Easy to use design format
  • Practical footnotes
  • And more!


Philippians, Colossians, & Philemon:

Dr. Ash brings a unique and refreshing approach to the next volume of the College Press NIV Commentary Series. His position as professor of Biblical Studies at Abilene Christian University has prepared him academically to write this next volume in the series, but his role as minister at Minter Lane Church of Christ has cultivated in him the need to write a practical and usable commentary.


There are a number of reasons why Paul wrote this letter. First, there was the matter of Epaphroditus and the gift sent to Paul by his hand. Paul wished to respond to their generosity. Second, he took the opportunity to share certain news about himself and his situation. Third, he wished to address a serious problem of division within the church. Fourth, Paul wished to warn about those he calls "dogs," "men who do evil," and "mutilators of the flesh" in 3:2.

In addition to these central purposes there are certain themes sounded throughout the book which can be an enriching pursuit by the serious student.


Personal information is generally shared in letters like Colossians. This would be especially important because there would be concern over Paul's condition as a prisoner. But the troublesome teaching is the chief burden of the letter. Paul describes this heresy in 2:8, 16-23, and in the rest of the book he attacks it, either frontally or in more subtle ways.


This shortest of Paul's letters is similar to private correspondence of the day, but because of its inclusion in the New Testament and its skillful application of Christian principles, it is a very important letter for us.

Philippians, Colossians & Philemon has 254 pages.

ISBN 978-0-98800-635-3


Philippians Introduction & Outline
Colossians Introduction & Outline
Philemon Introduction & Outline

About the Editors:

Anthony L. Ash, PhD, is professor of Biblical Studies at Abilene Christian University and minister at Minter Lane Church of Christ, Abilene, Texas. Dr. Ash holds the BS from Florida Christian College, the MA from Abilene Christian University, and the PhD from University of Southern California. He has authored nine books including commentaries on Luke, Acts (Chapters 1-8), Psalms (with Clyde Miller), and Jeremiah & Lamentations. He has spoken at over 400 meetings and extended lectureships and has also spoken on over 45 college and university campuses.

Jack Cottrell, PhD, is professor of Theology at Cincinnati Bible Seminary, Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Cottrell holds the AB from Cincinnati Bible Seminary, the AB from University of Cincinnati, the MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary and the PhD from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has authored many books including Baptism: A Biblical Study and The Faith Once for All: Bible Doctrine for Today.

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