Commentaries on Ephesians

On this page you will find Bible commentaries on the New Testament book of Ephesians. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews. You will also find options for commentaries on Ephesians that help pastors, teachers, and readers with application of the text, commentaries that approach the Scripture verse-by-verse, classic Christian commentaries, and much more.

Top Reviewed Commentaries on Ephesians



Ephesians (PNTC) by Peter O’Brien


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Accolades:

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”

Best for:

pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose:

From the publisher: “Designed for serious pastors and teachers of the Bible, the Pillar commentaries seek above all to make clear the text of Scripture as we have it…[the authors’] ideal is a blend of rigorous exegesis and exposition, with an eye alert both to biblical theology and the contemporary relevance of the Bible.”



Ephesians: An Exegetical Commentary by Harold W. Hoehner


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Accolades:

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”

Best for:

pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose:

From the publisher: “[Hoehner] begins with a helpful introduction to the letter of Ephesians in which he addresses issues of authorship, structure and genre, historical setting, purpose, and theology. At the end of the introduction, the author includes a detailed bibliography for further reading. Hoehner then delves into the text of Ephesians verse by verse, offering the Greek text, English translation, and detailed commentary.”



Ephesians (WBC) by Andrew T. Lincoln


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Accolades:

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

Best for:

pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose:

From the publisher: “WBC series delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. It emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology.”



Colossians, Philemon, and Ephesians (NICNT) by F.F. Bruce


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Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “clear exegesis”

Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on Ephesians; “Bruce is always worth consulting”

Best for:

pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose:

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 (ZECNT) by Clinton E. Arnold


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Accolades:

Craig Blomberg etal: a “priority” commentary on Ephesians

Best for:

pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose:

From the publisher: “The idea for this series was refined over time by an editorial board who listened to pastors and teachers express what they wanted to see in a commentary series based on the Greek text…We arrived at a design that includes seven components for the treatment of each biblical passage”: Literary Context, Main Idea, Translation and Graphical Layout, Structure, Exegetical Outline, Explanation of the Text, and Theology in Application.”



Ephesians (BECNT) by Frank Thielman


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Accolades:

D. A. Carson: a “best buy” on Ephesians; “remarkably accessible”

Best for:

pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose:

From the Publisher: “The chief concern of the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT) is to provide, within the framework of informed evangelical thought, commentaries that blend scholarly depth with readability, exegetical detail with sensitivity to the whole, and attention to critical problems with theological awareness. We hope thereby to attract the interest of a fairly wide audience, from the scholar who is looking for a thoughtful and independent examination of the text to the motivated lay Christian who craves a solid but accessible exposition.”



Philemon, Colossians, and Ephesians (SRSC) by Ben Witherington III


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Accolades:

Craig Blomberg etal: a “priority” commentary on Ephesians

Best for:

pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose:

From the publisher: “Using sociorhetorical criticism, the New Testament is interpreted within the context of the world in which it was written and read—the rhetorical method makes use of ancient or classical writings and strategies of communication, while the social science method notes issues of cultures and customs.”



Ephesians (NIVAC) by Klyne Snodgrass


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Accolades:

Craig Blomberg etal: a “priority” commentary on Ephesians

Best for:

pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose:

From the General Editor: The primary goal of the NIV Application Commentary Series is to help you with the difficult but vital task of bringing an ancient message into a modern context. The series not only focuses on application as a finished product but also helps you think through the process of moving from the original meaning of a passage to its contemporary significance. These are commentaries, not popular expositions. They are works of reference, not devotional literature.”



Ephesians (ICC) by Ernest Best


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Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “a technical commentary”

Best for:

pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose:

The ICC series has “sought to bring together all the relevant aids to exegesis, linguistic and textual no less than archaeological, historical, literary and theological to help the reader understand the meaning of the books of the Old and New Testaments…no attempt has been made to secure a uniform theological or critical approach to the biblical text: contributors have been invited for their scholarly distinction, not for their adherence to any one school of thought.”



Ephesians (EBC) by William Klein


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Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on Ephesians

Best for:

pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose:

From the publisher: “Written primarily by expositors for expositors…its stance is that of a scholarly evangelicalism committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible…the chief principle followed in this commentary is the grammatico-historical – namely, that the primary aim of the exegete is to make clear the meaning of the text at the time and in the circumstances of its writing.”



Epistle to the Ephesians by Charles Hodge


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Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Ephesians; “still worth reading today”

Best for:

pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose:

From the publisher: “For hundreds of years Christendom has been blessed with Bible commentaries written by great men of God highly respected for their godly walk and their insight into spiritual truth. The Crossway Classic Commentaries present the very best work on individual Bible books, carefully adapted for maximum understanding and usefulness for today’s believers.”



Ephesians (two volumes; AB) by Markus Barth


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Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “more of a Pauline theology”

Best for:

pastors trained in the original languages, scholars

Purpose:

From the publisher: “The Anchor Yale Bible Series, previously the Anchor Bible Series, is a renowned publishing program that for more than 50 years has produced books devoted to the latest scholarship on the Bible and biblical topics.” The series “vigorously pursues the goal of bringing to a wide audience the most important new ideas, the latest research findings, and the clearest possible analysis of the Bible.”



Ephesians (REC) by Bryan Chappell


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Accolades:

World Magazine: 2017 “Series of the Year”

Best for:

Anyone

Purpose:

The REC series has “four fundamental commitments. First, these commentaries aim to be biblical…Second, these commentaries are unashamedly doctrinal…Third, these commentaries are redemptive-historical…Fourth, these commentaries are practical…” All authors are “pastor-scholars.”



More Commentaries with Application Help for Pastors



Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon (Interpretation) by Ralph P. Martin


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Audience:

From the publisher: “This series of commentaries offers an interpretation of the books of the Bible. It is designed to meet the need of students, teachers, ministers, and priests for a contemporary expository commentary. These volumes will not replace the historical critical commentary or homiletical aids to preaching. The purpose of this series is rather to provide a third kind of resource, a commentary which presents the integrated result of historical and theological work with the biblical text.”



Ephesians (SGBC) by Mark D. Roberts


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Audience:

From the publisher: “The Story of God Bible Commentary is a new commentary for today’s world. It’s the first commentary series to explain and illuminate each passage of Scripture in light of the Bible’s grand story. This “story-centric” approach makes SGBC a fruitful resource for pastors, students, Sunday school teachers, and everyday readers.”



Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon (For Everyone) by N.T. Wright


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Audience:

From the publisher: “N.T. ‘Tom’ Wright has undertaken a tremendous task: to provide guides to all the books of the New Testament, and to include in them his own translation of the entire text. Each short passage is followed by a highly readable discussion, with background information, useful explanations and suggestions, and thoughts as to how the text can be relevant to our lives today. A glossary is included at the end of each volume.”



More Verse-by-Verse Commentaries



The Message of Ephesians (BST) by John Stott


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Audience:

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 (EEC) by S.M. Baugh


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Audience:

From the publisher: “The Evangelical Exegetical Commentary series incorporates the latest in critical biblical scholarship, yet each volume is written from a distinctly evangelical perspective. The authors explore the context and meaning of the biblical books while showing the value and truth of the texts in ancient times and today. These commentaries present historical and literary insights for understanding the text within the Bible’s larger story and applying it to everyday life.”



Classic Christian Commentaries for Bible Study



Ephesians (MNTC) by John MacArthur


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Audience:

From the publisher: “If you’re familiar with John MacArthur’s in-depth Bible teaching, you have an idea of what you’ll find in The MacArthur New Testament Commentary. The commentary takes you deep into each passage, verse by verse—sometimes word by word. It’s like having a Bible teacher sitting next to you as you study Scripture.”



Ephesians by James Montgomery Boice


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Audience:

From the publisher: “James Montgomery Boice (1938-2000) was senior pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was also president and cofounder of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, the parent organization of The Bible Study Hour on which Boice was a speaker for more than thirty years… Boice has created a unique blend of scripture insight, rich devotional application, and vivid illustration in this commentary.”