Ephesians: Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament [ZECNT]-eBook
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Publication Date: 2011
Series: Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament
Designed for the pastor and Bible teacher, this series brings together commentary features rarely gathered together in one volume. Written by notable evangelical scholars, each volume in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series treats the literary context and structure of the passage in the original Greek. The series consistently provides the main point, an exegetical outline, verse-by-verse commentary, and theology in application in each section of every commentary. Critical scholarship informs each step but does not dominate the commentary, allowing readers to concentrate on the biblical authors message as it unfolds. While primarily designed for those with a basic knowledge of biblical Greek, all who strive to understand and teach the New Testament will find these books beneficial. The ZECNT series covers the entire New Testament in twenty volumes; Clinton E. Arnold serves as general editor. In this volume, Clinton Arnold offer pastors, students, and teachers a focused resource for reading Ephesians. Through the use of graphic representations of translations, succinct summaries of main ideas, exegetical outlines and other features, Arnold present Pauls epistle to the Ephesians with precision and accuracy. Because of this series focus on the textual structure of the scriptures, readers will better understand the literary elements of Ephesians, comprehend the authors revolutionary goals, and ultimately discovering their vital claims upon the church today.
Clinton E. Arnold (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is Dean and Professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology in LaMirada, California.
Jimmy ReaganWest Union, OHAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5I Loved It!May 11, 2017Jimmy ReaganWest Union, OHAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Clinton Arnold, who also happens to be the editor, contributes this volume on the wonderful Book of Ephesians in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary (ZECNT) series. Mr. Arnold is a scholar highly qualified to comment on this book, one of the most important in the Bible. Its obvious that Ephesians has been area of expertise for him. As with several volumes in the series, Mr. Arnold holds conservative viewpoints and defends them in a magisterial fashion. His bold proclamation of a belief in the inerrancy of Scripture was much appreciated by this reviewer.
He begins his Introduction by relating his awe of the Book of Ephesians. He believes the destination of the letter is Ephesus and shows the recent scholarly rejection of it to be built on a foundation of sand. He draws a vibrant portrait of the setting in Ephesus including its diverse religious and cultural background. He traces where Judaism stood there. I found it easy to agree with his four main themes of Ephesians too.
On authorship he remains convinced of Paul and explains why we should as well. He sifts through the scholarly debate over Ephesians similarity to Colossians to good advantage. He doesnt have as much to say about structure as some, but doesnt believe rhetoric is as in play as some have argued. After an outline and bibliography, he jumps into the commentary of the text.
The commentary is in the pastor-friendly ZECNT style. I read through some of what I believe to be the harder passages and loved what I found. Theres great presentation of options and clear reasoning about what he feels to be the right conclusion. I thought his section on the household code was balanced and firmly complementarian.
Theres a lot of competition in the Ephesians commentary category. Hes much more succinct than Hoehner and up near the staus of OBrien. The writing flows well and the content is top notch. This volume is clearly in the must-have category.
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Angelo5 Stars Out Of 5Exegetically helpful and a good basis for expositionDecember 9, 2016AngeloQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This 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.
Mikecuyahoga falls ohioAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great Commentary easy to readJanuary 7, 2011Mikecuyahoga falls ohioAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Zondervan exegetical commentary series is fast becoming my favorite