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Best Bible Commentaries on Ephesians

Ephesians is the tenth book of the New Testament. Authorship is traditionally attributed to the Apostle Paul. The letter is addressed to Christians in the city of Ephesus. In the letter, Paul focuses his message on Christian conduct, which is based on their identity in Christ. Commentaries on Ephesians often address who the exact audience of the letter was, a believers identity in Christ, their orientation to the world, and their battle against Satan.

Ephesians: An Exegetical Commentary by Harold W. Hoehner

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  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on Ephesians; "unsurpassed on many fronts"
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "massive and technical"
  • Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on Ephesians; "a comprehensive conservative evangelical treatment"

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
Ephesians (PNTC) by Peter O'Brien

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  • Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Ephesians; "perhaps the best English-language commentary on Ephesians for pastors"
  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on Ephesians
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "the best volume on Ephesians"
  • Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on Ephesians; "this commentary should be on the desk of every student of Scripture"

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
Ephesians (ZECNT) by Clinton E. Arnold

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  • Craig Blomberg etal: a "priority" commentary on Ephesians

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
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  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
Ephesians (WBC) by Andrew T. Lincoln

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  • Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on Ephesians; "well worth consulting"
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "an excellent technical commentary"
  • Craig Blomberg etal: a "priority" commentary on Ephesians

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
Colossians, Philemon, and Ephesians (NICNT) by F.F. Bruce

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "clear exegesis"
  • Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on Ephesians; "Bruce is always worth consulting"

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From the publisher: "Written for scholars, pastors, and lay readers alike...undertaken to provide earnest students of the New Testament with an exposition that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship and at the same time loyal to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God."

Ephesians (BECNT) by Frank Thielman

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  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on Ephesians; "remarkably accessible"

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
Philemon, Colossians, and Ephesians (SRSC) by Ben Witherington III

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  • Craig Blomberg etal: a "priority" commentary on Ephesians

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
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  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
Ephesians (NIVAC) by Klyne Snodgrass

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  • Craig Blomberg etal: a "priority" commentary on Ephesians

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
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The Message of Ephesians (BST) by John Stott

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The "the three distinctives of The Bible Speaks Today series are (1) "BST authors are committed to a serious study of the text in its own integrity," (2) that "expositors should not be antiquarians, living only in the remote past" but suggest application for living, and (3) "each book is intended to be both readable in style and manageable in size."

Ephesians (REC) by Bryan Chappell

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Ephesians (ICC) by Ernest Best

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a technical commentary"

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
Ephesians (EBC) by William Klein

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  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Ephesians

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
Ephesians (MNTC) by John MacArthur

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon (For Everyone) by N.T. Wright

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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Ephesians by James Montgomery Boice

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Ephesians (SGBC) by Mark D. Roberts

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Ephesians (EEC) by S.M. Baugh

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Epistle to the Ephesians by Charles Hodge

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Accolades:

  • Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Ephesians; "still worth reading today"

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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Ephesians (two volumes; AB) by Markus Barth

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "more of a Pauline theology"

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon (Interpretation) by Ralph P. Martin

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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