Ephesians: A Theological Commentary on the Bible

Ephesians: A Theological Commentary on the Bible


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Ephesians: A Theological Commentary on the Bible by Allen Verhey, Joseph S. Harvard

Long recognized as significant theological document and one from which the Christian church gains life and direction, the book of Ephesians focuses on Jesus Christ's amazing work in redemption and reconciliation. It invites, and requires, our participation in it. Jointly written by a theological seminary professor and an active pastor, this commentary emerges from an adult Sunday school class on Ephesians they taught together, as well as their own studies and experiences. The result is a fascinating work that focuses on the gospel of Jesus Christ and the ways it is to be lived out in the church and by Christians in their own lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780664232665
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 04/18/2011
Series: Belief: A Theological Commentary on the Bible Series
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 882,458
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Publisher's Note vii

Series Introduction William C. Placher Amy Plantinga Pauw ix

Preface xiii

List of Abbreviations xvii

Introduction: Why Ephesians? Why Now? 1


1:1-2 A Letter to Us: Address and Greeting 31

1:3-14 Beginning with Prayer 40

Further Reflections: Toward a Prayerful Ethic 49

1:15-23 The Prayer for the Church, Part One 58

Further Reflections: The Powers 65

2:1-10 Saved by Grace: A New Social Reality 72

Further Reflections: An Evangelical Ethic 76

Further Reflections: Dead Men Walking: Saved by Grace 80

Further Reflections: Easter Chickens 86

2:11-22 Peace! 89

Further Reflections: Performing Peace-Breaking Down the Walls 105

3:1-13 A Prayer Resumed-and Interrupted 114

3:14-21 The Prayer for the Church, Part Two 123

4:1-16 Therefore, the Performance of Peace 131

Further Reflections: Unity, Equality, and an Oppressive "Sameness": A Response to Boyarin 141

Further Reflections: Baptism in Ephesians and the Church 149

Further Reflections: Speaking the Truth in Love 169

4:17-5:2 Learning Christ 178

Further Reflections: The Rustenburg Declaration 204

5:3-20 Children of the Light 209

5:21-6:9 Being Subject and Being One 224

6:10-24 Enlisted in the Battle for Peace 248

Further Reflections: A Sample Sermon on Ephesians 260

An Unconcluding Postscript 267

Selected Bibliography 273

Index of Ancient Sources 275

Index of Subjects 283

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