David Pao

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  • Colossians And Philemon


    This series is designed for those who know biblical languages. It is written primarily for the pastor and Bible teacher, not for the scholar. That is, the aim is not to review and offer a critique of every possible interpretation that has ever been given to a passage, but to exegete each passage of Scripture succinctly in its grammatical and historical context. Each passage is interpreted in the light of its biblical setting, with a view to grammatical detail, literary context, flow of biblical argument, and historical setting. While the focus will not be on application, it is expected that the authors will offer suggestions as to the direction in which application can flow.

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  • Thanksgiving : An Investigation Of A Pauline Theme


    Series Preface
    Author’s Preface

    1. Thanksgiving As God-Centeredness
    2. Thanksgiving Within The Covental Traditions
    3. Thanksgiving And Covenantal History
    4. A Life Of Thanksgiving
    5. Thanksgiving And The Future
    6. Ingratitude

    Appendix: Pauline Thanksgiving And The Greco-Roman Benefaction System
    The Greco-Roman Patron-Client Network
    Gratitude In The Patron-Client Relationship
    Pauline Thanksgiving And The Patronage Model

    Index Of Modern Authors
    Index Of Biblical References And Ancient Sources
    Index Of Subjects

    Additional Info
    Be thankful (Colossians 3:15) is a recurring exhortation in the letters of the apostle Paul. No other New Testament writer gives such a sustained emphasis on thanksgiving-and yet, major modern studies of Paul fail to wrestle with it.

    David Pao aims to rehabilitate this theme in this comprehensive and accessible study, a New Studies in Biblical Theology volume. He shows how, for Paul, thanksgiving is grounded in the covenantal traditions of salvation history. To offer thanks to God is to live a life of worship and to anticipate the future acts of God, all in submission to the lordship of Christ. Ingratitude to God is idolatry. Thanksgiving functions as a link between theology, including eschatology, and ethics.

    Here Pao provides clear insights into the passion of an apostle who never fails to insist on the significance of both the gospel message and the response this message demands.

    Addressing key issues in biblical theology, the works comprising New Studies in Biblical Theology are creative attempts to help Christians better understand their Bibles. The NSBT series is edited by D. A. Carson, aiming to simultaneously instruct and to edify, to interact with current scholarship and to point the way ahead.

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