- Hardcover: 960 pages
- Publisher: Baker Academic; 1 edition (Dec 1 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801026148
- ISBN-13: 978-0801026140
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 6.4 x 23.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #293,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ephesians: An Exegetical Commentary Hardcover – Dec 1 2002
|New from||Used from|
Customers who bought this item also bought
No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
From the Back Cover
"In his introduction to this wholly admirable and comprehensive commentary, Hoehner enters a vigorous defense of Paul as author of Ephesians. He centers his attention on the meaning of the words and their relationship to one another and on the grammar and structure of each sentence. These notes are lucid and full and will be a mine of information for students and scholars. Every commentator stands on the shoulders of his predecessors; Hoehner's shoulders are broad and strong and will sustain the weight of future scholars of Ephesians."--Ernest Best, University of Glasgow
"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
About the Author
Harold W. Hoehner (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, where he has taught for more than thirty years. He is the author of Chronological Aspects of the Life of Christ.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
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.
The work is a compilation of previous efforts, and some additional Dallas Theological Seminary perspectives. Hoehner often discounts other views with a statement such as "weak", and then does not adequately explain why the opposing view, which he dislikes, arose in the first place.
Hoehner supports the popular prevailing "fundamentalist" view, so the work will be popular and possibly sell well. He seems to not know how to break out of the common mold of popular religious interpretation. For example at Ephesians 1:10 he views the end of the ages as the Millennial period (per page 219), logic and common sense dictates that the unique Pauline phrase means the end of time when ages cease, after the final judgment, not the upcoming Millennial age!
He uses the Accordance software program and is thus locked into the NA 27 (Nestle/Aland Greek New Testament). This flaw prevents him from realizing many more important manuscript variants. He seems to NOT have done his textual criticism first, but rather relied upon the efforts of earier works (works which need correcting). Hence, he lacks originality.
He cannot break from established views, he appears to not even be aware that the verb "be ye being filled" in Ephesians 5:18 (pages 702ff) can be a middle voice. As for the Holy Spirit functioning as a Personal Agent he follows other Dallas writers in declaring that He (the HS) must be only an instrument or means, so his Ephesians 5:18 would be "with" or "in" the HS, if he selects "by" then he refers to others in his same school for support, (supporting the preposition "by" as indicating a means or instrument, but NOT an Agent) and would end up with a depersonalized HS! very circular.
His view of election is the popular Baptist or semi-Arminian view, wherein a conversion enacted by a "convert" must first occur before God's elects! in essence this is man working out or making him/herself elect, note his comments on pages 306 ff. There at Ephesians 2:1-3 the reader should be able to see his contradictions with his additional note on Election beginning on page 185. Read and compare! Barth is not the culprit, but a popular distorted fundamentalist view of election is!
The book will be well received by those who agree with Dallas Theological Seminary's (and Multnomah, Western Conservative, Wheaton, Moody et al) particular form of a limited dispensational stance. As such its theological scope is severely restricted. Respectfully - Mr. Gary S. Dykes
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
While I do appreciate this commentary very much, I have to say that sometimes it reads like a collection of Greek word studies rather than a commentary. Hoehner discusses, parses, and dissects nearly every word in the text, so from time to time I thought he may have missed the forest for the trees. There are summary sections, but they are very short (usually one paragraph). I'm guessing here, but I'd say Hoehner spends about 80% of the pages doing word studies and the rest is summary.
Basically, this is the commentary you definitely want for a very detailed discussion of the Greek text of Ephesians. However, in my opinion, you'll need another commentary (O'Brien, Arnold, etc.) if you want a better understanding of the bigger picture of Ephesians. In other words, get Hoehner's commentary to help you look at the "trees," but find another one(s) to help you look at the "forest."
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. Another aspect of his writing is inclusion of theology discussed by the early church fathers such as Ignatius and Clement, although he only uses instances where these authors support Scripture.
This commentary should reside on the shelves of all theologians, exegetical pastors and seminary students. This book is not directed towards lay-persons, unless a full understanding of Greek is present. Dr. Hoehner writing is supremely valuable, enveloping modern scholarship, full disclosure of major theological arguments and solid, conservative evangelicalism. I wish all the commentaries on my shelf were this well written and researched.