My friend and former colleague Scot McKnight has published an excellent commentary on Philemon. His commentary, The Letter to Philemon is one of the newest additions to The New International Commentary on New Testament series.
The publisher’s promotional information describes McKnight’s commentary as follows:
Paul’s letter to Philemon carries a strong message of breaking down social barriers and establishing new realities of conduct and fellowship. It is also a disturbing text that has been used to justify slavery. Though brief, Philemon requires close scrutiny.
In this commentary Scot McKnight offers careful textual analysis of Philemon and brings the practice of modern slavery into conversation with the ancient text. Too often, McKnight says, studies of this short letter gloss over the issue of slavery—an issue that must be recognized and dealt with if Christians are to…
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