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Ephesians: An Exegetical Commentary Hardcover – December 1, 2002
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"Hoehner's Ephesians not only cites the best advice and information in standard works on this letter but also carefully sifts the evidence and offers judicious conclusions. All other commentaries can be put in storage for retrieval as needed."--Frederick William Danker, Lutheran School of Theology
"This is probably the most detailed modern English commentary on the Greek text of Ephesians, combined with a thorough defense of its Pauline authorship and its Ephesian destination. Every facet of the text is examined with great care and exegetical skill, and the range of scholarly literature surveyed and assessed is encyclopedic. Despite the wealth of information and discussion, the material is presented with clarity and simplicity. The careful considerations of each exegetical possibility make this a work that will be indispensable for all serious students of Ephesians."--I. Howard Marshall, University of Aberdeen
"This is quite simply the most massive and meticulously detailed commentary on Ephesians to date--with the strongest defense of the case that the author was truly Paul and that the letter was indeed written to Ephesus. Virtually every textual, lexical, grammatical-semantic, and historical issue has been scrutinized and is informed by a comprehensive coverage of the vast relevant primary and secondary literature."--Max Turner, London School of Theology
"This is exegesis the old-fashioned way: the quest for the author's meaning earned through the careful use of primary tools while at the same time informed by, and in dialogue with, the latest and best scholarship. From its stout defense of the Pauline authorship of Ephesians to the detailed, verse-by-verse exegesis of the Greek text, Hoehner's commentary is a tour de force. It is a mine of information and a theological feast all at once! This masterful commentary sets a new standard for exegetical detail, and no serious student of Ephesians will want to be without it."--Donald A. Hagner, Fuller Theological Seminary
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This commentary by Dr. Hoehner was a wonderful surprise. Hoehner provides an outline of each unit of text which is built right into his commentary section. And he provides summaries and conclusions which contain the "Big Idea" (or Central Truth, or whatever you prefer to call it)of that unit of text. Why don't more scholars do this in commentaries?
And Dr. Hoehner helps you swim through the Greek like a duck through water; he provides his own translation, and he constantly provides necessary parsing for the reader. But most important of all, he has the best discussion of grammatical categories that I have ever seen, translating a phrase as it would be if it were instrumental, or cause, or sphere, etc., so that you can follow his argument. He lovingly mines the Greek text for everything it can yield, and he actually brings his reader right along with him!
I can't even begin to tell you how much I love this commentary. This is the fruit of an outstanding scholar who has prayed and studied and labored over Ephesians for years.
Dr. Harold Hoehner received his PhD from Cambridge University, and taught NT Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary for over 30 years.
Dr. Hoehner begins with a detailed introduction (131 pages) treating the authorship, history, purpose and theology. He then gives a comprehensive bibliography of authorship that provides sources for both conservative and liberal thought. This discussion of both conservative and liberal theologies continues throughout the work.
The book is set up to deal with each verse, and sometime phrase, individually, and in detail. The phrase 'no stone unturned' comes to mind. Each verse is given in NA27 or UBS4 (vast majority NA27) and then translated. His reliance on Scripture is wide-ranging and not restricted to a single translation. An understanding of Greek is needed to fully benefit from this writing, as the Greek is not rendered in cognates. Throughout the book are eight 'Excurses' dealing more topically, yet more in depth with specific issues in Ephesians such as: the textual issues of Eph 1:1, 'In Christ,' Election, and rules of Christian households. These deal with the full theological context of Scripture rather than dealing solely with Ephesians, and help to give more understanding for some of the more important ideas in this book. Two indices round out the book: an author index and a Scripture index.
Dr. Hoehner reaches into all of Scripture to discuss Ephesians in depth. His conclusions reflect conservative, evangelical teaching, with solid, thorough evidence and theological scholarship.Read more ›
Technically challenging on many linguistic-textual aspects, yet a good research commentary. Each section is very well outlined and presented with a clear translation by the author (most of which are quite agreeable, some wording and phrasing perhaps questionable), and bears the marks of a scholar at the top of his game. This is a commentary many years in the making and shows a command of Paul's letter and overall theology. Background and historical issues are presented appropriately and coherently as well.
As a "top tier" work, this is a must-have for those interested in Ephesians.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very thorough. In fact, sometimes it is "too much info" for me to handle, so I scan through some sections. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chris Hess
Leans a bit New Covenant for my taste in Ephesians 2:11-22, but a great commentary all-in-all.Published 8 months ago by Jonathan Overstreet
Simply the best commentary on Ephesians in the English language. Dr. Hoehner is a solid scholar doing meticulous work. Just view the nearly 60 pages on Paul as its author.Published 18 months ago by Edward Teel
Harold Hoehner's life work is an exhaustive look at the book of Ephesians. You don't necessarily sit down and read a book like this (unless you're crazy). Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This is a thoroughly enjoyable commentary. Rather than being a typically dry verse by verse study where the greek is presented and not thoroughly explained, Hoehner's commentary is... Read morePublished on November 23, 2013 by Roxr
I do agree with the other reviewers: this commentary on Ephesians by Hoehner is excellent. It is detailed, textual, level-headed, and scholarly. Read morePublished on November 6, 2013 by Shane Lems
Dr. Hoehner spent his entire life unpacking and working through Ephesians. His exegetical style works through the big picture context down to the leaves of the trees dissecting... Read morePublished on September 28, 2013 by Caleb Carter