Review of Lynn Cohick on Ephesians

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.

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