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Ephesians: Evangelical Exegetical Commentary (EEC)

ISBN: 9781577996569



In this commentary on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, S.M. Baugh identifies the main theme as “unity in the inaugurated new creation.” He then walks the reader through the indicative first part of the letter, which sets forth various aspects of the Christian faith, and the imperative second part, which calls readers to a lifestyle based on these truths. Along the way, Baugh examines ancient sources to provide a first-century perspective, while also interacting with recent scholarship and ultimately asking what this letter means for the modern-day believer.

Praise for Ephesians

Usually full-length commentaries devote much of their space to surveying and evaluating the secondary literature -- a useful but rarely a fresh or exciting venture. Baugh's commentary is different. Every page reflects years of exacting study of primary sources -- classical literature, inscriptions, the first-century historical context (especially the history of Ephesus, gleaned from both archaeological and documentary evidence), coupled with a profound commitment to biblical theology. This does not mean he spends so much time on the historical and literary contexts that he fails to study the letter itself: far from it. Rather, Baugh's impressive learning is in service of understanding Ephesians. Baugh's comments are invariably measured, judicious, the product of informed and careful scholarship, lightly worn. Mercifully, the excellent scholarship comes in readable prose, making this a thoroughly interesting and stimulating work. This is now unquestionably the best technical commentary on Ephesians.

—D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

We have a number of excellent commentaries on Ephesians, and so we might wonder if there is a need for another one. S. M. Baugh, however, has written a fresh and independent commentary on the letter. His expert knowledge of the Greco-Roman world shines through his exposition, as does his facility in Greek grammar. Students, pastors, and scholars will find Baugh to be a must read as they study the text and theology of one of Paul's most important letters.

—Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

S. M. Baugh is the exegete’s exegete and this commentary is pure gold. Turning first to controversial passages I’ve preached or written on before, I discovered, sure enough, that I had more work to do! He doesn’t just give us his answers, but shows us his work by thorough attention to ancient sources, contexts, literary practices, and engagement with the history of Christian interpretation. For the pastor-scholar intent on mining the mystery revealed in Ephesians, this commentary is indispensable.

—Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

Evangelical Exegetical Commentary series

The Evangelical Exegetical Commentary (EEC) series is a premiere biblical commentary rooted in the original text of Scripture. Incorporating the latest in critical biblical scholarship and written from a distinctly evangelical perspective, each comprehensive volume features a remarkable amount of depth, providing historical and literary insights, and addressing exegetical, pastoral, and theological details. Readers will gain a full understanding of the text and how to apply it to everyday life.

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Product Details

  • Title: Ephesians: Evangelical Exegetical Commentary (EEC)
  • Author: S. M. Baugh
  • Editors: H. Wayne House, W. Hall Harris III, and Andrew W. Pitts
  • Series: Evangelical Exegetical Commentary (ECC)
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 672
  • Format: Logos Digital, Hardcover
  • Trim Size: 6x9
  • ISBN: 9781577996569

B.A. and B.A., University of Oregon; M.A.R. and M.Div., Westminster Seminary California; Ph.D., University of California, Irvine. Dr. Baugh has taught part- and full-time at Westminster Seminary California since 1983. He is a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and is actively engaged in preaching and teaching at Escondido Orthodox Presbyterian Church and elsewhere. One of Dr. Baugh’s main concerns has been to develop a more effective and integrated curriculum in Greek instruction for the Seminary. To this end, he wrote the two main textbooks used for Greek I-III: New Testament Greek for Interpreters and A First John Reader. Dr. Baugh was a contributor to the award-winning Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary. He has written scholarly articles for such anthologies as Women in the Church, Still Sovereign: Contemporary Perspectives on Election, Foreknowledge, and Grace, and Marriage and Family in the Biblical World. He has also written for journals such as New Testament Studies, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society and Westminster Theological Journal. He and his wife, Kathy, enjoy living on their “Lazy B Ranch†in Valley Center with their three children.


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