Ephesians: A Mentor Expository Commentary written by Richard D. Phillips and published by Christian Focus is one of the articulate and practical modern commentaries on this book of the Bible. Ephesians is the most recent volume of the Mentor Expository Commentaries, a series which is synonymous with superior exegesis and excellent application, this volume continues this legacy. While Phillips is no stranger to Biblical commentaries this is his first foray into this relatively new commentary series.
Ephesians does not begin with the typical study into the introductory matters of this book of the Bible, this is common place in the Mentor Expository Commentary Series, instead jumping right into expositing the text. It is not that this work doesn’t dive into history and recent scholarship, of the book of Ephesians rather the main trust of this commentary is to look at the text rather than getting bogged in technical matters not always helpful to Pastors, Teachers and for devotional reading. While this may be a deal breaker to some, the plethora of comments and insightful application makes up for any lack of dedicated introductory matters, outside the exegesis of the text.
In reference to the commentary on the text of this Gospel, Phillips takes great care in carefully showing the original context of passage while applying it directly to the modern day reader. For instance, in Phillips treatment of Ephesians 6:10-20, which focuses on the Armor of God, this is broken up into several chapters, detailing the different parts of the armor and how they relate to the Christian waging this spiritual war. While many modern commentaries do not spend much time on each part of the armor, Phillips spends over twenty pages on the subject. This along with discussion of submission and love in regards to husbands and wives make this commentary an extraordinary resource for pastors.
With regard of recommending Ephesians, to others I would whole heartily recommend this commentary to students of scripture, with one caveat. By this I mean I recommend this work to Pastors, Bible Teachers, Bible College Students, and Laymen, there is enough scholarly weight to this text to understand a particular issue in the text while giving aid to pastors in preaching the text. The caveat is to the Scholar or Seminary Student who is looking for highly technical details which necessitates a basic to high knowledge of Greek should look for another commentary more suited to their needs. There are many commentaries about the epistle to the Ephesians available at this moment but Ephesians: A Mentor Expository Commentary is a step above the rest.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Christian Focus in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Title: Ephesians: A Mentor Expository Commentary
© 2016 by Richard D. Phillips
Publisher: Christian Focus Publishers
Page Count: 512 Pages