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Ephesians - Philemon

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This is a complete revision of the Gold Medallion-winning commentary series. It is up to date in its discussion of theological and critical issues and thoroughly evangelical in its viewpoint.
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Continuing a Gold Medallion Award-winning legacy, this completely revised edition of The Expositor’s Bible Commentary series puts world-class biblical scholarship in your hands. Based on the original twelve-volume set that has become a staple in college and seminary libraries and pastors’ studies worldwide, this new thirteen-volume edition marshals the most current evangelical scholarship and resources. You’ll find up-to-date information grounded in the same unchanging commitment to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible. Of the fifty-six contributors, thirty of them are new. Reflecting the Expositor’s Bible Commentary international and cross-denominational approach, they come from the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand, and from a broad diversity of churches, including Anglican, Baptist, Brethren, Methodist, Nazarene, Presbyterian, and Reformed. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary uses the complete New International Version for its English text, but it also refers freely to other translations and to the original languages. For each book of the Bible, the thoroughly revised features consist of: A comprehensive introduction A short and precise bibliography A detailed outline Insightful exposition of passages and verses Overviews of sections of Scripture to illumine the big picture Occasional reflections to give more detail on important issues Notes on textual questions and special problems, placed close to the text in question Transliteration and translation of Hebrew and Greek words, enabling readers to understand even the more technical notes A balanced and respectful approach toward marked differences of opinion
Contributor(s) Tremper Longman III , David E. Garland , William W. Klein , Todd D. Still , Robert L. Thomas , Andreas J. Kostenberger , Arthur A. Rupprecht
About the Contributor(s) Tremper Longman III

Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is a distinguished scholar and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is on the advisory council of the BioLogos Foundation, and is the Old Testament editor for the revised Expositor's Bible Commentary and general editor for the Story of God Bible Commentary Old Testament, and has authored many articles and books on the Psalms and other Old Testament books.

David E. Garland

David E. Garland (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is William B. Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures and dean for academic affairs at George W. Truett Seminary, Baylor University. He is the New Testament editor for the revised Expositor's Bible Commentary and the author of various books and commentaries, including Mark and Colossians/Philemon in the NIV Application Commentary, and the article on Mark in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary. He and his wife, Diana, reside in Waco, Texas.

William W. Klein

William W. Klein (PhD, Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary. He is author of The New Chosen People: A Corporate View of Election and a commentary on Ephesians in the Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Revised Edition and serves as both editor and co-author of Introduction to Biblical Interpretationwith Craig Blomberg and Robert Hubbard. Bill and his wife have two daughters and reside in Littleton, Colorado.



Todd D. Still

Todd D. Still (Ph. D., University of Glasgow, Scotland) serves as the William M. Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures (New Testament and Greek) at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In addition to having written Colossians for the revised edition of The Expositor's Bible Commentary, Dr. Still is the author of Conflict at Thessalonica as well as Philippians & Philemon. He is also the (co-) editor of several volumes (including Jesus and Paul Reconnected, After the First Urban Christians, and Tertullian and Paul) and has published articles in such scholarly journals as New Testament Studies, Journal of Biblical Literature, and Catholic Biblical Quarterly.

Robert L. Thomas
Robert L. Thomas (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament at The Master’s Seminary. He is the author or coauthor of numerous books and other works, including the commentaries on 1 and 2 Thessalonians in the Holt series.

Andreas J. Kostenberger

Andreas Köstenberger is Senior Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He is the author of numerous works on John, including his commentary in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series, "John" in Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, and “John” in Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary.

UPC 025986235031
ISBN-10 0310235030
ISBN-13 9780310235033
Publish Date Aug 3, 2006
Weight (lbs) 2.7500
Height 9.38
Width 7.63
Length 656
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zondervan
Price $42.99
Series The Expositor's Bible Commentary
Format Hardcover
Language English

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Review by Rick
Overall Rating
This bible commentary is full of liberal doubt and unbelief. The sections such as, "Features That Suggest an Author Other Than Paul" are pitiful and painful to read. For example, when Ephesians says in the very first verse of the letter, "PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God" then Paul is the author. No one else was called and anointed by God to stand in that office that Paul stood in and minister to the Gentiles. To fabricate another "pseudo Paul" by the same name comes from the unbelief of "German higher criticism" and those with brains the size of a peanut. If Paul's written name isn't enough, we find he was in prison (in Rome)(Eph. 3:1, 4:1), he was sent to the Gentiles (3:1-2, 7-8, 13), he was given the revelation of the mystery of the Church (Eph Ch.1-6), he had Tychicus his well-known friend and helper (6:21-22), and alot more... How much more evidence does one need? Also, the repetitive use of the words "disputed letters" and "undisputed letters" is biased and offensive. Paul's name is the first word in every one of these epistles. How subversive and unbelieving does one have to be to deliberately make up another imaginary Paul?! Another insult is the textual criticism. An example is the words "in Ephesus" which are found in the overwhelming majority of manuscripts and early bible translations, yet this commentary rejects the overwhelming statistical evidence and says it's highly improbable that "in Ephesus" was present in the original copy of Paul's letter. They don't tell the reader that "in Ephesus" is missing from only 6 corrupt manuscripts that come from way down in Egypt, hundreds of miles away from where the original autographs were written and kept on display (Tertullian 150-225 A.D., Prescription Against Heretics. Ch 36). In addition, Ephesians 5:9 was not changed from "light" to "spirit" as this commentary purports. It was changed from "spirit" to "light" in the corrupt Egyptian manuscripts. Colossians 3:6 "upon the sons of disobedience" is also found in the majority of manuscripts and it also was not "added by a later copyist" - it was expurgated from the corrupt Alexandrian codices. Origen even testified that the manuscripts in Egypt were corrupt by the early third century (200 A.D.):

"...the differences among the manuscripts have become great,either through the negligence of some copyists or through the perverse audacity of others; they either neglect to check over what they have transcribed, or, in the process of checking, they lengthen or shorten, as they please."(Origen, Commentary on Matt. XV.14)

Another irritation is this commentary tries to tell the reader that 1 Thess. 4:4 refers to controlling a wife, but Paul never uses the word "skeuos" to refer to a wife in any of his writings. And Paul was writing to the whole Church, not just to the men. Since the word "wife" isn't in the text, then you are making it say something it doesn't say. On top of that, in the Greek papyri, the verb ktasthai can mean "possess" in the present tense.
Also, the exposition of the word "akatharsia" was shallow and wanting. There was no mention of the uncleanness of books, pictures, the internet, and other suggestive material that are morally unclean and impure. Equally "Porneia" could have been clearly stated as sexual sin of any kind.

The last thing I'll mention is this commentary's outright denial of saints - hagioi, having any ethical or moral meaning. Here's the quote from page 45, "'Holy' does not have an ethical component here; it simply tells who they are, namely, God's people." What? What in the world do you think "set apart" means?! Of course it has an ethical and moral meaning. It means one who is set apart from sin and uncleanness, and set apart to God.

Overall, the doubt and unbelief, erroneous textual criticism, and poor exegesis make this one of the worst commentaries on the market. Not recommended. (Posted on 12/2/2016)

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