The Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament: Ephesians is the sixth volume in this commentary series (EGGNT). Other volumes already completed are John, Philippians, Colossians-Philemon, James, and 1 Peter. The remainder of the New Testament is scheduled for future dates.
This volume was written by Benjamin L. Merkle, professor of New Testament and Greek at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Most recently he is a coauthor of Going Deeper with New Testament Greek.
It is a simple matter to categorize this book. EGGNT: Ephesians is a technical commentary with a detailed, verse-by-verse analysis and interpretation of the entire Greek text of Ephesians. Naturally, in a commentary of this sort, Merkle offers a brief investigation of authorship, date and occasion as well as a comprehensive outline. Of additional benefit is a section on “Recommended Commentaries” which would be useful for any student of Ephesians to consider.
The book extends to 226 pages of commentary and then includes a five page Exegetical Outline, a Grammar Index and a Scripture Index at the end. The body of the work is a verse-by-verse analysis of the Greek text and thus is all-inclusive.
Because of the nature of this volume, it is, therefore, not really suited for those with no knowledge of biblical Greek. However, I suppose, with some knowledge of New Testament Greek, this volume would greatly benefit one’s study of Ephesians. It should definitely be on every pastor’s shelf because it contains two helpful suggestions at the end of each outline section. One is a “For Further Study” arranged by topic and the second contains “Homiletic Suggestions.”
Pastors: Secure this volume if you have Philippians on your preaching schedule. If you are a student of New Testament Greek, you will find this volume one to which you will refer to frequently.
This book was provided to me by B&H Publishing for a fair and honest review.