Bibliography: Colossians


Barclay, John M. G. Colossians and Philemon. NTG. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001.

Hay, David M. Colossians. ANTC. Nashville: Abingdon, 2000.

Kuschel, H. J. Philippians, Colossians, Philemon. Rev. ed. People’s Bible Commentary. St. Louis: Concordia, 2005.

Lincoln, Andrew, and A. J. Wedderburn. The Theology of the Later Pauline Letters. NTT. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Talbert, Charles H. Ephesians and Colossians. Paideia. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007.

Taylor, Walter F., Jr., and John Reumann. Ephesians, Colossians. ACNT. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1985.

Thompson, Marianne Meye. Colossians and Philemon. THNTC. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005.

Thurston, Bonnie. Reading Colossians, Ephesians, and 2 Thessalonians: A Literary and Theological Commentary. RNTS. New York: Crossroad, 1995.

Wright, Tom. Paul for Everyone: The Prison Letters. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2002.

Critical Commentaries

Barth, Markus, and Helmut Blanke. Colossians. AB 34B. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1994.

Bruce, F. F. Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians. NICNT. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1984.

Dunn, James D. G. The Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon: A Commentary on the Greek Text. NIGTC. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996.

Lohse, Eduard. Colossians and Philemon. Translated by William R. Poehlmann and Robert J. Karris. Hermeneia. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1971.

MacDonald, Margaret Y. Colossians and Ephesians. SP. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2000.

Martin, Ralph P. Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon. Interpretation. Louisville: John Knox, 1992.

O’Brien, Peter T. Colossians, Philemon. WBC 44. Waco: Word, 1982.

Pokorný, Petr. Colossians. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1991.

Schweizer, Eduard. The Letter to the Colossians. Translated by Andrew Chester. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1982.

Wilson, Robert. Colossians and Philemon. ICC. London: T&T Clark, 2005.

Witherington, Ben, III. The Letters to Philemon, the Colossians, and the Ephesians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Captivity Epistles. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.

Ancient Colossae, Hierapolis, Laodicea

Yamauchi, Edwin M. “Laodicea,” “Hierapolis,” and “Colossae.” In New Testament Cities in Western Asia Minor, 135–62. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1980.

Authorship of Colossians

Brown, Raymond E. An Introduction to the New Testament, 610–17 ABRL. New York: Doubleday, 1996.

Cannon, George E. The Use of Traditional Materials in Colossians. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1983.

Dunn, James D. G. “Who Wrote Colossians?” In The Epistles to the Colossians and to Philemon: A Commentary on the Greek Text, 35–39. NIGTC. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1996.

Kiley, Mark. Colossians as Pseudepigraphy. BibSem 4. Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1986.

O’Brien, Peter T. Colossians, Philemon, xli–xlix. WBC 44. Waco: Word, 1982.

The Prison Setting

Caird, G. B. Paul’s Letters from Prison. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1976.

Cassidy, Richard J. Paul in Chains: Roman Imprisonment and the Letters of St. Paul. New York: Herder & Herder, 2001.

Houlden, J. L. Paul’s Letters from Prison. London: SCM, 1977.

Wansink, Craig S. Chained in Christ: The Experience and Rhetoric of Paul’s Imprisonments. JSNTSup 130. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996.

The “Colossian Heresy”

Arnold, Clinton E. The Colossian Syncretism: The Interface between Christianity and Folk Belief at Colossae. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1996.

DeMaris, Richard E. The Colossian Controversy: Wisdom and Dispute at Colossae. JSNTSup 96. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1994.

Francis, Fred O., and Wayne A. Meeks, eds. Conflict at Colossae: A Problem in the Interpretation of Early Christianity, Illustrated by Selected Modern Studies. Rev. ed. SBS 4. Missoula, MT: Scholars Press, 1975.

Martin, Troy W. By Philosophy and Empty Deceit: Colossians as Response to Cynic Critique. JSNTSup 118. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1996.

Sappington, Thomas E. Revelation and Redemption at Colossae. JSNTSup 53. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1991.

Angels and Spiritual Powers

Arnold, Clinton E. Ephesians: Power and Magic; The Concept of Power in Ephesians in Light of Its Historical Setting. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1992.

Caird, G. B. Principalities and Powers: A Study in Pauline Theology. Oxford: Clarendon, 1956.

Carr, Wesley. Angels and Principalities: The Background, Meaning, and Development of the Pauline Phrase hai archai kai hai exousiai. SNTSMS 42. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981.

Schlier, Heinrich. Principalities and Powers in the New Testament. New York: Herder & Herder, 1961.

Wink, Walter. Naming the Powers: The Language of Power in the New Testament. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1984.

Realized Eschatology in Colossians

Lincoln, Andrew. “Colossians and Heavenly-Mindedness.” In Paradise Now and Not Yet: Studies in the Role of the Heavenly Dimension in Paul’s Thought, with Special Reference to His Eschatology, 110–34. SNTSMS 43. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981.

Church as the Body of Christ

Best, Ernest. One Body in Christ: A Study in the Relationship of the Church to Christ in the Epistles of the Apostle Paul. London: SPCK, 1955.

Gundry, Robert H. Sōma in Biblical Theology. SNTSMS 29. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976.

Minear, Paul S. Images of the Church in the New Testament. NTL. 1960. Reprint, Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2004.

Robinson, J. A. T. The Body: A Study in Pauline Theology. SBT 5. London: SCM, 1952.

Yorke, Gosnell L. O. R. The Church as One Body in Christ in the Pauline Corpus. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1991.

Growth and Maturity as a Theme in Colossians

Johnson, Luke Timothy. “The Letter to the Colossians.” In The Writings of the New Testament: An Interpretation, 395–99. Rev. ed. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1999.

Ethical/Moral Advice in Colossians

Bevere, Allan R. Sharing in the Inheritance: Identity and the Moral Life in Colossians. JSNTSup 226. London: Sheffield Academic Press, 2003.

Wilson, Walter T. The Hope of Glory: Education and Exhortation in the Epistle to the Colossians. NovTSup 88. Leiden: Brill, 1997.

Household Code

Crouch, James E. The Origin and Intention of the Colossian Haustafel. FRLANT 109. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1972.

Hering, James P. The Colossian and Ephesian Haustafeln in Theological Context: An Analysis of Their Origins, Relationship, and Message. New York: Lang, 2007.

Colossians and Ecological Awareness

Hill, Brennan R. Christian Faith and the Environment: Making Vital Connections. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1998.

Other Academic Studies

Baggott, L. J. A New Approach to Colossians. London: Mowbray, 1961.

Rosner, Brian S. Greed as Idolatry: The Origin and Meaning of a Pauline Metaphor. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.

Walsh, Brian J., and Sylvia C. Keesmaat. Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004.