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The Letter to the Ephesians (The Pillar New Testament Commentary (PNTC)) Hardcover – October 25, 1999
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"O'Brien has produced a well-researched and clearly presented commentary on Ephesians. He has read widely and thought carefully, so students of the New Testament will find his scholarly contribution a useful addition to their libraries."
Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly
"Here is a commentary that expounds this marvelous epistle with a clarity and reverence that are quite refreshing. O'Brien draws upon his years of experience as a missionary, pastor, professor, and scholar to write a book that examines all the inspired nuances of Ephesians without losing sight of the main theme all the way. . . Practical, scholarly exposition that takes a high view of Scripture."
Faith & Mission
"This commentary is definitely a masterpiece, a volume that without question should belong to the library of all who desire to achieve a profound and comprehensive understanding of the epistle. Its simple, yet highly scholarly style will not only inform, but also challenge the reader to prepare for intense study and arrive at certain positions only after weighing carefully all the evidence."
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He interacts with many scholars on a variety of details without getting bogged down. It's easy to read yet gives substantive arguments that summarize well the opposing views as well as explaining his own view.
One issue I would take exception to is his exegesis in Ephesians 2:1 where he labels the phrase 'trespasses and sins' as a hendiadys. The term is probably simply a synonym use-not a hendiadys. I checked with a number of Greek experts who all concur that he is probably off on that point...not a biggie...but I did remember it for some reason.
One issue I really liked was his handling of Ephesians 5:18 ff. Some miss the linkage of the participles which follow 5:18...but O'Brien nails it. His explanations of the Household Table and it's header/title in 5:21 are more convincing than most I've read. I think coupled with FF Bruce on Ephesians and Stott for preaching/teaching phraseology this commentary ranks right up there as a top notch..ya gotta have it...commentary for the 'prince of epistles'. I highly recommend it and still use this book.
The binding on my copy was pretty cheap. The book started falling apart the first time I opened it...and I am seeking another copy. Hope that was just a fluke.
If you are a pastor or bible teacher who works through Ephesians I think you will find yourself referring to this book over and over. Buy it if you have the funds...you won't be sorry if you are a serious student of Ephesians.