Commentary Recommendations & Resources: Ephesians

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Walter Wink – Engaging the Powers
A powerful and engaging look at spiritual powers and warfare. This is a must read on the principalities and powers.

Watchman Nee – Sit, Walk, Stand
This is devotional material based on three of the imperatives in Ephesians. This book challenged me spiritually and is one that I will definitely read a few more times.


Ernest Best – A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on Ephesians (International Critical Commentary)
A pricey but extremely helpful commentary on Ephesians. There are a few other options that are nearly as good without spending this much money. This one and the Word commentary below will require some knowledge of Greek to be beneficial.

F.F. Bruce – The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon and to the Ephesians (NICNT)
Bruce’s commentaries in the NICNT commentary series are exceptional and ones that I turn to over and over again. I would go to O’Brien and Witherington before going to Bruce and definitely before spending the money on Best.

Andrew Lincoln – Ephesians (Word Biblical commentary)
This is considered to be one of the best in the WBC series. I haven’t personally used it to any great length but I keep it on hand because of its reputation and because I often use Word Biblical commentaries or the New International Greek Testament Commentaries if I have question on the original languages.

Ralph Martin – Ephesians, Colossians and Philemon (Interpretation)
This commentary is geared for preachers and teachers and would make a great recommendation for a Bible class teacher looking for resources to assist them in their preparation.

Peter O’Brien – The Letter to the Epheisans (Pillar)
This is my favorite commentary on Ephesians because of its balance of being thorough and yet highly readable/understandable. If I had to pick one commentary for Ephesians this would be the one.

Ben Witherington – The Letters to Philemon, Colossians and the Ephesians: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary
This is probably my second favorite after O’Brien and just before Bruce. Definitely one you want to consult if you are studying Ephesians.

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