The Letter to Philemon: A New Translation with Notes and Commentary
"This commentary by Markus Barth and Helmut Blanke is unique for its exhaustive study of the ancient world at the time Philemon was written. The volume examines the institution of slavery in Paul's day, drawing from secular Greco-Roman sources and from other Christian writers of the time. The references to slavery found in Ephesians, Colossians, and 1 Timothy are also compared and contrasted with Paul's statements in Philemon. In addition, the verse-by-verse commentary focuses on important themes in Pauline theology, including love, faith and faithfulness, church unity, providence, free will, and human responsibility. Finally, Barth makes his exposition even more useful by surveying the history of the interpretation of Philemon, from the patristic age to modern liberation theologians." "The product of Markus Barth's lifelong research and completed by Helmut Blanke, this new volume in the Eerdmans Critical Commentary series will become the standard work on Philemon."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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8 Haustafeln II Dubious Christianization?
9 Union through Baptism?
10 Corporate Personality?
11 A Divine Call into Slavery?
12 Precursors of the Theology of Liberation
I The Address vv13
Old Testament and Later Jewish Traditions
A The Loss of Freedom
B The Legal Position and the Treatment of Slaves
The Theological Foundation
The Casuistry of Performance
E The Essenes
F The Uniqueness of Jewish Legislation and Practice
1 Slave Names and Designations
2 A First Look at Slavery in Israel
3 Crucifixion and Other Modes of Execution
4 Plinys and Other Letters of Intercession
5 A Warrant of Arrest
6 Examples of Slave Insurrections
7 Three Phases of Stoicism
8 Seneca on Slavery
9 State and Private Secular and Sacral Slaves
10 Judaism and Abolitionism
11 Developments in Jewish Slave Laws and Customs
12 Human Rights Established by God
13 Circumcision and Covenant Membership
14 Philo on the Sabbath and Slave Liberation
16 Renounced Manumission
I Attestation and Canonization
II Textual Integrity and Criticism
III Vocabulary Language and Style
B Types and Families of Words and Styles
C A Private orand Official Letter?
D Rhetorical Devices
IV Structure and Logic
V Date and Place
VI Dramatis Personae
A Paul His Situation and Intention
B Philemon a Good Man and a Slave Owner
C Onesimus a Fugitive Returning to His Master
VII Parallels and Divergencies in Pauline Literature
B Oneness and Unity Confessions
C The Discourse on Gods Calling
VIII History and Issues of Interpretation
B The Challenge of Liberation Theology
C A Survey of Charges and Their Rebuttals
1 Theses of John Knox
2 Prejudices against Onesimus?
3 Onesimus Not a Fugitive?
4 Haustafeln I The Opposite of Pauline Ethics?
5 Unconditional Surrender?
II A Christiana Gift to God vv 47
Love Faith and Faithfulness
The Joy of an Apostle
Summary of Versus 47
III Intervention for a Slave vv 814
Use and Misuse of Full Power
Ethics Based on the Gospel
Inclusive Language of Procreation
The End of the Past and the Beginning of the Present as Door to the Future
Different Kinds of Wishes
Legal Options for Onesimuss Future
Why No Plea for Manumission?
Freedom in Order to Serve
Service according to Paul
Coercion in Greek Philosophy and in the Pauline Letters
Free Will in Philosophical Ethics and in the Greek Old Testament
The Cost of Brotherhood vv 1520
Providence Free Will and Human Responsibility
Does Paul Ask for Manumission?
Dimensions and Limitations of the Term Brother
Paul Honors the Weak Flesh
To Be a Sibling and a Slave or Master
Conclusion vv 2125
Freedom and Obedience
3 Greetings v 2324
4 Benediction v 25
Index of Modern Authors
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