If you are looking through and evangelical commentary on Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians then, Ephesians, by S.M. Baugh published by Lexham Press is what you are searching for. This commentary is a recent volume in the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary Series edited by H. Wayne House, a new series which is quickly becoming synonymous with excellent exegesis and superior application, this volume continues the budding legacy. The Ephesians volume is one of the most articulate and practical modern commentaries on the book of Ephesians. Baugh is a ordained minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church as well as being a distinguished professor of the New Testament at Westminster Seminary California. He is no stranger to scholarly pursuits but this is his first foray into this first-rate commentary series and his pastoral and scholarly demeanor shine bright making this volume a must own commodity.
Ephesians, begins with the typical study into the introductory matters of this book of the Bible, this is common place in Evangelical Exegetical Commentary Series and at length (48 pages) discusses matters of great importance to the pastor and scholar alike, and enters the ranks as one of the best interactions with critical scholarship while giving evangelical conclusions. This works dives into history and recent scholarship, of epistle to the Ephesians so that the student of scripture can understand the book in it’s proper cultural and historical context.
The structure of the commentary on the text is unique, and highly desirable to those with a knowledge of Greek, yet it is not inaccessible to those without. Baugh gives a short introduction to each and every periscope of the text, giving a structural analysis of the Greek text, as well as giving a outline useful to teaching and preaching. Then Baugh tackles an analysis the Greek text itself looking at it from a textual criticism angle. Next there is a commentary on the periscope itself, which is very through and insightful. Lastly there is a section dedicated to application and devotional implications, which are not only practical but a gold mine for pastors and teachers. I recently used this commentary in preparation to teach sermon on Ephesians 6:10-20 and found this an invaluable tool.
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 to a limited extent educated Laymen looking to teach a Sunday school class, there is enough scholarly weight to this work to understand a particular issue in the text while giving aid to pastors in preaching the text. There are many commentaries about the Ephesians at this moment but, Ephesians, of the Evangelical Exegetical Commentary is a giant leap above all other commentaries on this book of the Bible. I look forward to each subsequent volume in this series.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Lexham Press in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Ephesians: Evangelical Exegetical Commentary
© 2016 by S.M. Baugh
Publisher: Lexham Press
Page Count: 672 Pages