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Ephesians: A Commentary (New Testament Library) (edition 2012)

by Stephen E. Fowl

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Title:Ephesians: A Commentary (New Testament Library)
Authors:Stephen E. Fowl
Info:Westminster John Knox Press (2012), Hardcover, 280 pages
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Ephesians: A Commentary (New Testament Library) by Stephen E. Fowl



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A measured, overall well balanced commentary on Ephesians.

In an environment when many have written far larger commentaries and treatises on Ephesians, investigating the text on all sorts of levels, the author of this commentary attempts to spend some time discussing the various disputations and controversies regarding the letter, its authorship, and its content, while seeking to maintain focus upon making good theological sense of what is being communicated in Ephesians.

The author takes an "agnostic" view of many of the disputed issues; for the purposes of his commentary he does not presume Paul did or did not write it, and shows throughout the letter how various aspects can be used to justify Paul's authorship or authorship by another and that, in the end, one can find the reasons to believe what one wants to believe about the authorship of the book. On the whole the author does not push a particular denominational or theological agenda in his commentary but instead provides a refreshing and clear perspective on many of the issues addressed in the letter. He rightly laments at the brokenness and divisiveness present within "Christendom"; his understanding of grace and works appreciates the nuances of the text and the roles of each. The only moment of "drift" from this perspective comes in terms of Ephesians 5:22-6:9: the author uncharacteristically emphasizes the cultural context when confronted with the "patriarchal" system described in the text, and while attempting on the surface to remain "agnostic" about the matter, nevertheless prejudices the discussion/understanding toward a more egalitarian and less complementarian view of the matter. I also appreciated the author's use of Chrysostom and Thomas Aquinas, among other ancient/medieval sources, to provide a more thoroughgoing history of interpretation of many of the passages.

A good resource on Ephesians and worthy of consideration.

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  deusvitae | Jan 14, 2013 |
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Even though it was written some two millennia ago, Ephesians still speaks to Christians today in themes quite familiar to the modern reader. In a context where the church had become overwhelmingly, if not exclusively, Gentile, the Christian community needed to be reminded of the priority of Israel and the astonishing work of reconciliation that God willed to accomplish in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This new volume in the highly acclaimed New Testament Library series reveals the great theological promises of Ephesians while discussing issues of context, authorship, and style.

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