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Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 42, Ephesians Hardcover – November 6, 1990
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The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. This series emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for the professional theologian and instructor, the seminary or university student, the working minister, and everyone concerned with building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.
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- Publisher : Thomas Nelson Inc; First Edition (November 6, 1990)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 590 pages
- ISBN-10 : 084990241X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0849902413
- Item Weight : 2.15 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.75 x 9.5 inches
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A couple other points: Lincoln rejects the Pauline authorship of Ephesians. He argues well for this position. In the end, he did not convince me, but it's not my purpose in this brief review to discuss this particular issue, other than to note Lincoln's position. Second, some might find his discussion of the role of husband and wife to be a bit "modernistic" or "relativistic." Here again, I am not convinced by his interpretation, but I respect the clarity of his arguments.
Lincoln rarely engages in sustained polemic against those who hold to positions with which he disagrees, but rather deals with them and offers whatever explanation he favors expeditiously. His knowledge of koine Greek and textual criticism are encyclopedic.
My disagreements with Lincoln are at the presuppositional level, namely that the letter must be deutero-Pauline because of certain linguistic and stylistic features. It seems at times that he wants to ascribe to "the writer" access to Paul's mind, almost as a doppelganger, but thoroughly and consistently rejects Pauline authorship. Lincoln would do well to consider more seriously the role of the amaneuensis in 1st century letter writing, as well as the amount of traditional material the writer employs before rejecting Pauline authorship.
Second, in his discussion of the passage on marriage (5:21-33) Lincoln falls into the hermeneutical sinkhole of postmodern relativism.
On the whole, though, Lincoln is a brilliant scholar whose work on Ephesians deserves every serious NT student's full attention.
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One of the main (and initial) discussion points of Ephesians is whether it was written by the apostle Paul or a later "Paulinist". I came to the conclusion that the evidence against Paul is too sparse while Lincoln came down on the other side. This does colour the commentator's comments and I sometimes found subsequent comments difficult. However, he deals with his subject well and, despite this fundamental difference, I found myself warming to him and many comments very helpful. In the end, maybe it was better that he took an opposing view: it challenged my "comfort zone".
So, it lost one star for verbosity - but, overall, an excellent addition to the library.