5 Stars Out Of 5
Exegetically helpful and a good basis for exposition
December 9, 2016
This is a helpful commentary that is based on the Greek text that demonstrates the fruit of such study but still includes key and selective explanations in Greek. This exegetical resource would be helpful in understanding what each section of Ephesians teaches and will also help in preaching and applying each section of this book. This is great to have and own in preaching through the book of Ephesians. The listed price of $27 is a good deal in teaching and preaching this book for at least 4 months.
The idea for this new series was refined over time by a board that listened to pastors and teachers who expressed what they want in a commentary. There are seven components in this series: 1) Literary Context; 2) Main idea; 3) Translation and Graphic Layout; 4) Structure; 5) Exegetical Outline; 6) Explanation of the Text; 7) Theology in Application. This commentary series is for those who have taken Greek but it is not assuming the user is a well trained scholar.
The author worked on this commentary for a few years. Ephesians has been a big part of his life for about 30 years. He has taught this book in his classes and he has preached out of Ephesians as well. He takes the view that Paul wrote the book around 61-62 from his Roman imprisonment. He also takes that in Ephesus as authentic and that this letter circulated among local house churches in Ephesus, then to other churches in nearby villages and even possibly to other churches that are far.
The introduction is about 41 pages, the selected bibliography has 4 pages and the commentary of the text has about 452 pages. Theology of Ephesians section has 23 pages. There are indexes: Scripture and Apocrypha (about 16 pages); Index of Ancient Literature (about 5 pages); Subject (about 5 pages); and Author (about 4 pages).
The book of Ephesians was divided to 17 sections and each commentary section followed the format of seven components mentioned above. All the components of the commentary for each section were helpful and well thought of.
Literary Context: This provided an explanation that includes an outline where a certain section fits in the flow of that part of Ephesians.
Main Idea: This portion was really helpful in summarizing what that section was saying. Though, it was stated in the series introduction that this will have 1 or 2 sentences only but here it ranges from a single sentence to 4 sentences and the about half of the number of sections have 3 sentences. Not a big deal but something to correct.
Translation and Graphic Layout: This is helpful in seeing the main idea of each section. The layout is the English translation of Dr. Arnold but you can sense that it is still based on the Greek. The notes or terms on the left side are very helpful in seeing how the phrases and sentences relate to one another. It is similar to the Semantic and Structural Analysis series by SIL>
Structure: This component explains how the passage is divided and how it relates to the main idea. This helps explain the layout of the passage.
Exegetical Outline: This is an outline representation of the layout and the structure which is helpful in preaching that section of the text.
Explanation of the Text: This is where the key and selected Greek insights are explained. Historical and background information are provided in explaining the meaning of the text.
Theology in Application: The key theological ideas of the section are explained and applied.
I am happy that I have this exegetical commentary that I can use to study the book of Ephesians or a section of it. It is clear and understandable yet with deep insights and discussion. The author clearly has studied it for a long time indeed.