I’ve been reading in Frank Thielman’s new commentary on Ephesians, and I really like what I see here. It’s clearly written, learned, and meticulously grounded in the exposition of the Greek text. Here’s a quick look at some of the interpretive hot spots.
Thielman understands the letter to be the authentically written by Paul (not pseudonymous, a view that is popular among Ephesians commentators). Thielman argues that en EphesÅ in verse 1:1 is the original reading, and thus he argues that the original audience really is “the saints who are at Ephesus and who are faithful in Christ Jesus.”
In his commentary on Ephesians 5:21-33, his reading is thoroughly complementarian. KephalÄ“ denotes authority, and thus husbands are called to lead and wives to submit. He takes a different tack on the interpretation of “submitting to one another” in verse 5:21. He understands that both husbands and wives are to submit to one another, but they are to do so in different ways. Thus he maintains the Pauline notion of headship while distinguishing his view from the “mutual submission” interpretation of egalitarians.
I really like this commentary, and I can see why Doug Moo gave this endorsement:
“This commentary will join Hoehner and O’Brien as the first references on Ephesians to which I turn.”
This is a commentary that you need in your library. You can purchase it here.