I was glad to see a very positive review of Lynn Cohick’s NCCS volume on Ephesians posted at RBL.
Cohick provides a very accessible, nontechnical commentary that is geared toward the nonspecialist. She rarely delves into the Greek text but occasionally has discussions of grammar that require some basic knowledge; the reader is expected to know what a dative or an aorist is, for example. She occasionally weighs interpretive options for contested passages. For someone wanting a comprehensive analysis of the biblical text, one is better served by consulting the more technical commentaries, but if one is looking for a commentary that gives a good overview of the flow of thought of Ephesians, this commentary should prove useful. Cohick provides a credible defense of Pauline authorship, even if one is not fully persuaded by her arguments. I found her discussion of the household codes to be one of the strengths of the book.
Cohick’s NCCS volume on Ephesians is a great appetizer for her scheduled NICNT commentary on the same book.
Anthony R. Petterson Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi (Apollos Old Testament Commentary; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2015) Available at Amazon.comBy Len FirthAnthony R Petterson’s Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi is a gem. It forms part of the Apollos Old Testament Commentary series which seeks to meet the needs of those who preach from the Old Testament. The series also aims to be of use to those who engage in serious study of the OT. This commentary is fit for this purpose in r … [Read More...]
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