Wright, in responding to Vanhoozer’s essay, notes that in listening to the Reformers in their canonical context, that the moderns must be reminded that “it privileged a reading of Romans and Galatians which, arguably, does not do full justice to either of those texts; it began a long, slow process of pushing Ephesian and Colossians towards the margins; and it paid remarkably little attention to the four Gospels and their deep theology of God’s kingdom coming on earth as in heaven.” (p260)
Don’t you agree? Luther’s commentary on Galatians is a must read as is nearly about anything on Romans from Calvin and Luther. Yet, the force of reconciliation and the role of the Church in Ephesians and Colossians is strangely absent. Not to say that Zwingli, Luther and Calvin didn’t write on them, but it seems to me that for the Reformation, and thus the neo-Reformed, the two books which take precedence at Romans and Galatians.
Oddly enough, my two books are Ephesians and Colossians… although I wouldn’t say that they are my canon-within-a-canon. They are just the two books which shed the most light on what God is doing through Christ and the Church in bring about the New Creation.