Frank S. Thielman


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Noted New Testament scholar Frank Thielman offers pastors, students, and teachers a substantive yet accessible commentary on Ephesians in this addition to the award-winning BECNT series. With extensive research and thoughtful chapter-by-chapter exegesis, Thielman leads readers through all aspects of the book of Ephesians--sociological, historical, and theological--to help them better understand its meaning and relevance. As with all BECNT volumes, this commentary features the author's detailed interaction with the Greek text and an acclaimed, user-friendly design. It admirably achieves the dual aims of the series--academic sophistication with pastoral sensitivity and accessibility.


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4.68 out of 5 based on 5 user ratings
Warren Truesdale September 15, 2017 4 5
The BECNT series is one of the most consistent commentary series available. Frank Thielman’s commentary on Ephesians is no exception. Prior to this commentary, Thielman had already done extensive work in Ephesians, writing the chapter on Ephesians for Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament. This experience in Ephesians shines through, especially in Thielman’s grasp of Paul’s use of the OT (Paul likes using OT passages at crucial junctions in his letters)... [Full Review]
Robert M. Bowman, Jr December 11, 2016 5 5
Excellent, evangelical commentary. [Full Review]
Phillip J. Long June 19, 2012 4.9 5
Thielman is well-known for his book Paul and the Law and a New Testament theology from Zondervan, but this is his first exegetical commentary. He deals with the problem of authorship in only a few pages, finding pseudonymity too unusual in the early Christian community to be a viable option. The commentary follows the user-friendly design of the Baker series, offering exegetical comments on the Greek text with transliteration. Compared to other volumes in the BENTC, Thielman’s commentary has more syntactical detail. I particularly appreciate his use of Greco-Roman sources, especially in the “Household Code” section of the letter. [Full Review]
jsteffaniak July 5, 2011 5 5
Hands down THE BEST commentary on Ephesians out there. He takes into account all recent scholarship on the book of Ephesians (save for Arnold's work released the same year). He does a fantastic job of navigating each text without a bias toward one theological position. Does a very good job of discussing every topic in great detail yet keeps his wording plain and understandable. A very good working knowledge of Greek is required, however, because he discusses it often and it is essential to understand the language in order to understand many of his arguments and conclusions.
Todd Price December 27, 2010 4.5 5
It is a fantastic commentary and I am really enjoying it. His section "The Circumstances that Prompted Ephesians" is outstanding. He gives sound suggestions while admitting that we cannot know for sure. Thielman's writing style is lucid and easy to follow. He manages to deal with technical problems while still writing clearly about it and not getting lost in the details. It reads more like a book than a commentary, which in this sense is a good thing. He is wise in his handling of Greek lexemes, as is shown by his sane and cautious handling of ανακαταλλασσω (p. 171, n. 28). As 4:1-6 is such a crucial passage in Ephesians, and a key one in my own research, I was delighted to see how well Thielman handled the text, bringing out its importance as a bridge between chs. 1-3 and 4-6 and showing how unity works on in the life of the church. Thielman deals judiciously with Greek semantics, grammar and syntax. Most of the time, he avoids overloading terms with extra meaning and keeps a clear head while dealing with various syntactical options (cf. 4:12-13). I give this commentary 4.5 out of 5 stars! [Full Review]

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