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Concordia Commentary: Ephesians


Ephesians is a veritable compendium of Paul’s theology, and among his most influential epistles. In it we learn of the reconciliation of the cosmos and our eternal election in Christ, as well as salvation by grace through faith apart from works, the mystery of salvation for the Gentiles, the divine gift of the holy ministry, the church as Christ’s bride and body, the Christological meaning of marriage, and the resplendent armor of God.

The Ephesians Concordia Commentary from Thomas Winger focuses on how we today—no less than the Ephesians who were recently converted from their pagan lifestyle—need to appropriate these teachings because of the spiritual peril of the environment in which we live. Winger’s commentary unfolds the mysteries of the Gospel by meticulous analysis of the Greek text and reverent exposition of the epistle’s proclamation of Christ and his gifts for the sake of his church.

The Concordia Commentary Series: A Theological Exposition of Sacred Scripture is written to enable pastors and teachers of the Word to proclaim the gospel with greater insight, clarity, and faithfulness to the divine intent of the biblical text. The commentary fully affirms the divine inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture as it emphasizes “that which promotes Christ” in each pericope.

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  • Provides lengthy introductory material concerning the epistle’s authorship, structure, rhetoric, and more
  • Offers theological exposition of Ephesians that affirms the inerrancy and authority of Scripture
  • Includes bibliographical references and index
We are gifted with an excellent and reliable explanation of this letter, its formation and contents. There is no question and no problem arising from this letter which Dr. Winger does not take up and discuss. There is no seemingly ‘dark’ sentence or passage left unilluminated. He removes prejudices and opens our eyes to aspects and insights we had never noticed before. We have a sound teaching of apostolic Christology before us and will learn a lot about Baptism, ministry, and the church—right from the apostle’s writing. St. Paul is speaking to us again, quite directly.

—Jobst Schöne, bishop emeritus, Selbständige Evangelisch-Lutherische Kirche (Independent Evangelical-Lutheran Church), Germany

Professor Winger has worked hard to produce this volume. I appreciate his manner of dealing thoroughly with classic scholarship. This solid volume will take a special place on my bookshelf. I warmly recommend it to everyone who appreciates both biblical and Lutheran theology.

Erkki Koskenniemi, adjunct professor, Åbo Akademi University, University of Helsinki, and University of Eastern Finland

If you want a commentary that takes a traditional approach to Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians—no pseudonymous author here—and one that takes seriously both the Greek and the deep theology of this profound letter, then this is your commentary. Tom is fair in his assessment of positions but you always know where he stands. This is a great addition to the series.

James W. Voelz, professor of exegetical theology, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis

Thomas M. Winger is president of Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario, where he is also professor of theology. Winger is the author of dozens of articles, many published in Lutheran Theological Review; the coeditor of three books; and a contributor to The Lutheran Study Bible.

He has written studies for the theological commissions of Lutheran Church–Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England (ELCE). He was a member of the liturgy committee of Lutheran Service Book and is currently writing for its companion to the liturgy. He was pastor of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Catharines, a German-English congregation, for six years before being called as a tutor at Westfield House. After seven years of teaching at that theological training house of the ELCE, he returned to Canada and has been a professor at CLTS since 2006 and its president since 2012.