In this comprehensive commentary, John Muddiman begins by arguing that to be able to draw conclusions about the text of Ephesians, each scholar must take a position about its Pauline or non-Pauline authorship.
He therefore offers an extensive introduction, which discusses various approaches to this question, including his own, detailing the evidence for each position. All the perspectives of major modern scholars are discussed and assessed, particularly on the question of Ephesians's relationship to Colossians. The implications of the question of authorship for evaluating Paul's theology are extensively discussed.
Black's New Testament Commentary series presents a reliable and enlightening exposition of the New Testament for the modern reader. Written by highly respected biblical scholars under the editorial directorship of Morna D. Hooker, each commentary offers a paragraph-by-paragraph exposition based on the author's own, fresh translation of the biblical texts.
Other features include insightful introductions to the important historical, literary, and theological issues; key terms and phrases from the translation highlighted in the commentary where they are discussed; explanations of special Greek or foreign terms; references to important primary and secondary literature; and a Scripture index.
John Muddiman is G. B. Caird Fellow in New Testament Studies at Mansfield College, Oxford.