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Recommended Commentaries for Colossians

I am finished preaching through Colossians.  I enjoyed it immensely.  Below are my recommended commentaries for the book.

Douglas J. Moo, The Letters to the Colossians and to Philemon.   I try to read everything Moo writes.  His commentaries are always helpful and his work on Colossians did not disappoint.  Because it is the most up to date work on Colossians, he will highlight many of the finer points from past commentaries.  Moo did a great job interpreting Colossians in light of the whole canon.

Peter T. O’Brien, Colossians, Philemon.  The format of the Word Series is frustrating at times, but should be overlooked for the splendid contribution O’Brien makes to the study of Colossians.  Similar to Moo, O’Brien does an excellent job tying the book into the rest of Scripture.  O’Brien pulls from a wealth of resources and leaves no stone unturned in his work.

F. F. Bruce, The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians.  Bruce was good on many things, but commenting on three books in one volume (442 pp.) means that some areas are going to be lacking.  Bruce was usually the last place I would consult, but he is still worth reading.

James D. G. Dunn, The Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon.  Dunn is quite technical.  Although, he does offer some good exegetical insights; I didn’t find anything in his work that wasn’t touched on in Moo or O’Brien in some way or another. 

N. T. Wright, Colossians and Philemon.  I was pleasantly surprised by Wright.  He had many interesting points and he has a good way of making difficult passages clear. 

David E. Garland, Colossians / Philemon.  Garland quotes Dunn and Wright quite often, so if you can’t get either of them, just read Garland.  In keeping pace with the series (NIV Application), Garland made some nice applications.

Sam Storms, The Hope of Glory: 100 Daily Meditations on Colossians.  Even though Storms’ book is meant to be a devotional, it functions like a commentary.  I was very impressed with this book and found it extremely helpful.  Storms provides a lot of good points to think about and makes some helpful applications.  In my opinion, a must read when studying Colossians.

R. Kent Hughes, Colossians and Philemon: The Supremacy of Christ.  This book is the first I have read of Hughes from the series (Preaching The Word).  While I wasn’t overly impressed, Hughes was helpful in some areas with application.

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