Ephesians: Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament   -     By: Benjamin L. Merkle, Andreas J. Kostenberger, Robert W. Yarbrough
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Ephesians: Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament

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A time-saving resource that closes the gap between grammatical analysis, exegesis, and sermon preparation. Providing students, teachers, and pastors with the background for understanding the Greek text of Paul's Letter to the Ephesians, this must-have reference offers a brief introduction on authorship, date, occasion, and purpose; a list of recommended commentaries; extensive exegetical notes; and more.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: B&H Academic
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.54 (inches)
ISBN: 1433676117
ISBN-13: 9781433676116
Series: Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament

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Publisher's Description

The Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament (EGGNT) closes the gap between the Greek text and the available lexical and grammatical tools, providing all the necessary information for greater understanding of the text. The series makes interpreting any given New Testament book easier, especially for those who are hard pressed for time but want to preach or teach with accuracy and authority.

Each volume begins with a brief introduction to the particular New Testament book, a basic outline, and a list of recommended commentaries. The body is devoted to paragraph-by-paragraph exegesis of the Greek text and includes homiletical helps and suggestions for further study. A comprehensive exegetical outline of the New Testament book completes each EGGNT volume.

Author Bio

Benjamin L. Merkle is professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of several books including 40 Questions about Elders and DeaconsWhy Elders? A Biblical and Practical Guide for Church Members, and Those Who Must Give an Account: A Study of Church Membership and Church Discipline.

Editorial Reviews

"Ben Merkle's commentary on Ephesians should be on the shelf of everyone who studies the Greek text of Ephesians. Three things stand out in this commentary. First, the structure of the text is nicely portrayed so that readers can see the flow of the argument. These structural layouts alone are worth the price of the book. Second, the book concisely and clearly sets forth the various grammatical options. Merkle fairly and wisely adjudicates among the various options. Third, Merkle's commentary on the text captures well the theology in one of Paul's most important letters."

–Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, professor of biblical theology, and associate dean of the School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"If you're most interested in plumbing the depths of the Greek text, Merkle offers what few others do—a thorough, linguistically accurate, judicious, clear, and trustworthy exegesis of the text. He goes beyond merely commenting on commentators. Here you will find original exegesis at its finest."

 –J. Scott Duvall, professor of New Testament and J. C. and Mae Fuller Chair of Biblical Studies, Ouachita Baptist University

"The new volume will prove of inestimable value to students studying the Greek text of Paul's Letter to the Ephesians, providing arguments for differing options of analyzing Greek phrases and guidance for making informed decisions. And scholars will find grammatical and syntactical analyses that even the larger commentaries often do not engage in. The book, as well as the entire series, should be on the bookshelf of anyone reading the New Testament in Greek."

–Eckhard J. Schnabel, Mary F. Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    If you know Greek and is (will be) studying Ephesians, this is a must.
    August 25, 2016
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    First of all, this Ephesians guide (true for other volumes) not only requires knowledge of Greek but knowledge of second year Greek or intermediate Greek grammar to maximize its benefits. You will encounter abbreviated terminologies like manner, epexegetical, imperatival participle, iterative present, etc. . This volume does not have the definition of terms, so you either must know it or have an access to an intermediate Greek grammar with you.

    Second, this is not a full scale commentary. It primarily deals with a detailed (not exhaustive) grammatical and syntactical analysis with select relevant vocabulary and significant textual variants.

    Third, the author of this guide believes that Paul wrote this letter to the Ephesians from prison in Rome. He is less certain of the overarching purpose but listed six different proposals.

    With that said, there are several reasons why I think this volume would be very beneficial to those who are studying Ephesians.

    1. The layout is very user friendly. You can expect each section to have a discussion on the structure of the passage with a line diagram, a phrase by phrase discussion of relevant vocabulary and important variants and detailed grammatical analysis, recommended resources and then a homiletical outline. There are also headings and subheadings that include verse numbers and the Greek text. This makes it easier to find the passage (and part of the section) you are looking for. After listening to a sermon on 6:17-20, I was able to quickly find v.17 and learned Merkle understood the imperative take (in Greek) as parallel to the 4 previous participles like three other commentaries as against one who did not.

    2. It is a guide that primarily deals with the Greek text with detailed (not comprehensive but more than adequately sufficient) grammatical and syntactical analysis. This includes the discussion of how the phrases relate with one another in the structure section. You can look at the verse/s and phrase/s to see the grammatical/syntactical analysis. When there are varying interpretations in syntactical/grammatical issues, the options are laid out concisely yet sufficiently. Almost all the time, the author would indicate his interpretive choice. In discussing the meaning of the apostles and prophets (in Greek) he listed two interpretations, one by Grudem and the other by Wallace and he chose the latter as the best interpretation.

    3. It is a timesaver yet with references frequently cited in the discussions and an end of the section for further study bibliography. You can quickly look up a passage and be able to learn about it exegetically. If you need further study, you can look up the references cited. When you look at the explanation of Be filled with the Spirit (in Greek), you will see that there are three possibilities with references cited for each and at the end of the section, several other references are cited.

    4. A brief but helpful comment about the various commentaries (except the one by Larkin) he used (a total of 9 that deals with the Greek text). This will give you an idea what the commentaries listed have to offer from a perspective of a writer and teacher who studied the text for several years.

    5. The homiletical section aligns with (or based from) the exegesis. Ephesians 5:15-21 was divided exegetically into three parts based on hortatory parts. The homiletical outline has three parts as well based on that exegesis. This is good and necessary for teaching the Word accurately and not just being homiletically appealing.

    6. There are two helpful indexes, a grammar index and a Scripture index. If you want to find out an example of an infinitive of purpose, the grammar index showed 6 instances, one is in 4:28. You can check 1:4 and see that it was also mentioned on page 106 (discussion of 3:17) in the Scripture index.

    The price of $24.99 is worth it and the current price listed here as $16.99 (as a preferred customer) is a great deal. So even if you are not currently studying Ephesians, you should get this for future use.

    I received this book for free from B & H to review here and elsewhere.

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