Designed for the pastor and Bible teacher, this series brings together commentary features rarely gathered together in one volume. Written by notable evangelical scholars, each volume in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series treats the literary context and structure of the passage in the original Greek. The series consistently provides the main point, an exegetical outline, verse-by-verse commentary, and theology in application in each section of every commentary. Critical scholarship informs each step but does not dominate the commentary, allowing readers to concentrate on the biblical author's message as it unfolds. While primarily designed for those with a basic knowledge of biblical Greek, all who strive to understand and teach the New Testament will find these books beneficial. The ZECNT series covers the entire New Testament in twenty volumes; Clinton E. Arnold serves as general editor. In this volume, Clinton Arnold offer pastors, students, and teachers a focused resource for reading Ephesians. Through the use of graphic representations of translations, succinct summaries of main ideas, exegetical outlines and other features, Arnold present Paul's epistle to the Ephesians with precision and accuracy. Because of this series' focus on the textual structure of the scriptures, readers will better understand the literary elements of Ephesians, comprehend the author's revolutionary goals, and ultimately discovering their vital claims upon the church today.
I'm currently preaching through Ephesians, using both Arnold and Baugh. While I find great value in both, I'm leaning more and more heavily on Arnold. I find him stronger on theological development - particularly matters of covenant - than Baugh. Baugh's strength is the beauty of the language, the literary devices, etc... But if you're a Reformed preacher and can only get your hands on one commentary for Ephesians, I'd highly recommend Arnold.
Not quite as good as O'Brien and Lincoln, but definitely a close third and definitely above Thielman. The layout of the ZECNT series makes this the easiest commentary on Ephesians to read. If you're looking for something that doesn't give you too much needless information, then get this and O'Brien's.
I appreciate his thoughtful commentary. What I love about the ZECNT is its attention to the applicatory theology within each passage.
Arnold has made a name for himself in the subject matter of the historical, cultural, and religious environments of the early Christians. When it comes to Ephesians and Ephesus, his commentary attempts to shed light on the religious landscape of Asia Minor and ancient Ephesus in particular. [Full Review]
Topping the list is Clinton Arnold’s commentary on Ephesians. Arnold has spent a lot of time studying Ephesians and the ancient city of Ephesus, even writing his Phd dissertation on Ephesians. The amount of time he has spent studying the book is evident not only in the introduction but also in the superb commentary itself. The layout of the series is very user friendly... [Full Review]
Perhaps the best recent commentary on the epistle, by an evangelical scholar well known for his earlier work on Ephesians and Colossians. [Full Review]