Commentary on Colossians by S.R. Macphail

A brief commentary on Paul’s letter to the Colossians by Simon Ross Macphail [died 1912] in the Handbooks for Bible Classes and Private Students series. My thanks to Book Aid for providing a copy of this public domain title for digitisation.

Simon Ross Macphail [d.1912], The Epistle of Paul to the Colossians. Handbooks for Bible Classes and Bible Students. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1911. pbk. pp.130. [Click to visit the download page for this title]

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Commentary
  • Appendix A. Outline of the Letter
  • Appendix B. Mithraism and Christianity
  • Appendix C. Manumission
  • Appendix D. Colossians and Ephesians
  • Appendix E. Words, etc., Specially Examined


When any one proposes to enter on the study of a portion of the New Testament, the first question which arises is, To which division of the New Testament does my present study belong? For there are two leading divisions. The one contains the narrative of our Lord’s earthly ministry (the four Gospels), and the other belongs to a subsequent time of special Revelation, when the Holy Spirit interpreted to the Apostles the full meaning of the Lord’s earthly mission, and also led them, as He had Himself promised, into much new truth. These two portions combined form the New Testament Revelation, and contain all through which the knowledge of grace and glory by Jesus Christ comes to men in every age. The New Testament is final Revelation, but New Testament theology, i.e. man’s grasp of the New Testament, is ever purifying, enlarging, and enriching…

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