It is not a critical commentary, he does not address options of interpretation, can be curt with those he disagrees with does so harshly to A. The worrisome word is holy, but that is because we read into that word an aura that suggests exaltation, reverence, and veneration. It is a letter of definition and encouragement. It is not a critical commentary, he does not address options of interpretation, can be curt with those he disagrees with does so harshly to A. This letter requires us to change our inner being and character in a radical way.
His take on thorny issues is always sober and insightful. Because contemporary situations are seldom identical to those faced by the original audience, you must seek situations that are analogous if your applications are to be relevant. Because this section prepares the way for discussing the contemporary significance of the passage, there is not always a sharp distinction or a clear break between this section and the one that follows. This new and unique series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into a modern context. I must express gratitude to several people. Does the human mind even operate this way, particularly on the basis of a letter as short as Colossians? With all the concern about Christian identity, Ephesians also has a pervasive emphasis on the mind. You will look at personal applications, but you will also be encouraged to think beyond private concerns to the society and culture at large.
Still, the exposition is excellent and clear and he includes wonderful sections bridging to our culture today and applying the text. In other words, they focus on the original meaning of the passage but don't discuss its contemporary application. It is possible that for a first-century reader, the miracle of change, of salvation given freely as a gift from an omnipotent God, was the focal point of this kind of discussion. Actually, I think the first century focus is more relevant! Conversion is a renewal of the mind, a transition from a darkened stupor to alert and enlightened wisdom. Each passage is treated in three sections: Original Meaning, Bridging Contexts, and Contemporary Significance. Very helpful for preaching and preparation of studies.
In other words, they focus on the original meaning of the passage but don't discuss its contemporary application. Application in such a climate seems like a no-brainer—except for one consideration. The format of the series is designed to achieve the goals of the series. The key to understanding the purpose of Ephesians lies in Colossians. We need nothing less than a new reformation, and Ephesians is the document to bring it about. Even where my sources are not specifically cited, they have contributed to my thinking. We do not know to whom the letter was sent, from where it was sent, or why it was sent.
Exploring the links between the Bible and our own times, shares perspectives on the book of Ephesians that reveal its enduring relevance for our twenty-first century lives. Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from the twentieth century to the first century. I can't say enough good things about this volume. At the same time he knew he was unworthy of this ministry, for he had persecuted the church 1 Cor. The information they offer is valuable - but the job is only half done! I especially like the three-part design of each chapter in the book: each begins with a discussion of the original meaning of the text in question, then a section on bridging the original context behind the text with our modern context, and then ends with a discussion of the contemporary This is a good commentary on Ephesians and well worth your time if you would like a general overview of the letter. This change in status demands choices—choices between disunity and unity, good and bad family life, good and bad social structures.
In the end a decision about authorship will be made on some understanding of why 3:1—13 is included. On this approach, the main part of the letter would stem from one of the dates above. And moderns are besieged, literally overwhelmed, with the variety of choices we face in everything—from how to raise our children, to how we should love our neighbors, to what we should eat, to whom to vote for in political elections. It offers both direction and confidence for living. Within the history of Christianity, only the Psalms, the Gospel of John, and Romans have been so instrumental in shaping the life and thought of Christians, but all three of these works are much longer than the few pages of this letter.
These include the historical, literary, and cultural context of the passage. The information they offer is valuable -- but the job is only half done! Of course, those passages in which the historical distance between us and the original readers is greatest require a longer treatment. Rather, it calls us to think, to learn, to become wise, and to act. The gospel has been diluted to ineffectual pabulum and so garbled by cultural trappings that it bears little resemblance to the pages of the New Testament. Snodgrass strikes hard using the text of Ephesians. Klyne Snodgrass Born 1944-12-28 December 28, 1944 age 74 Alma mater Klyne Ryland Snodgrass born December 28, 1944 is an American theologian and author, who served as professor of Studies at the in from 1974 to 2015.
Brandel Chair of New Testament Studies at North Park Theological Seminary. God is honored in the company of people bound together in Christ. I make no claim to originality. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. Change and choice might be called the twin pillars of the Good News. This new and unique series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into a modern context. The purpose of this section, therefore, is to help you discern what is timeless in the timely pages of the Bible—and what is not.
The author of several works, she is also involed in Bible translation. The issues I did treat are ones I felt most important for pastors and church leaders. And if there are several legitimate ways to apply a passage areas in which Christians disagree , the author will bring these to your attention and help you think through the issues involved. Most Bible commentaries help us make the journey from our world back to the world of the Bible. My first serious work on Ephesians started in seminary, and for almost thirty years since this letter has been a topic of interest. In seeking to achieve these goals, the contributors to this series attempt to avoid two extremes.