Ephesians by P-TaylorFrancis


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New Testament Readings

Author: Martin Kitchen

Edition: 1
Table of Contents

Preface 1. An Introduction to a Reading of Ephesians 2. The Legacy of Paul 3. Summing Up 4.
Thanksgiving 5. The Worthy Wald 6. Wald differently, in love and in light 7. Walk Wisely 8. The Armour of
God Postscript:`To Sum Up' Bibliography

Probably written by a disciple of St. Paul after the apostle's death, the Epistle to the Ephesians sets out
God's plan to `sum up' all things in Christ. Martin Kitchen argues that it was written partly for the good of
worship at large, and partly as a reaction to the destruction of the temple at Jerusalem in 70 AD. The
breaking down of the `middle wall which divides' (Ephesians 2.14) Jew from Gentile was evidence that
God had, indeed, brought the whole of humankind together.
Ephesians understands this action of God as `summing up' all things in Christ, which necessarily
demands the cooperation of the entire Christian community. The readers are therefore urged to pursue an
ethic of unity, mutually submitting to each other and growing together into a new kind of humanity.
In this innovative study, Martin Kitchen draws together historical and literary methodologies in his reading
of the text, bringing his analysis into the framework of contemporary bibical criticism.

'This is an exciting and creative commentary which would fit nicely alongside other commentaries on
Ephesians on anyone's bookshelf. Even if you do not agree with the arguments in the book, the
bibliography at the back is simply superb.'

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