by Benjamin Merkle
Throughout this volume of the Guide, reference is made to a number of commentaries on Ephesians. Eight of these commentaries receive special attention as they are based directly on the Greek text.
The Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament (EGGNT) closes the gap between the Greek text and the available lexical and grammatical tools, providing all the necessary information for greater understanding of the text. The series makes interpreting any given New Testament book easier, especially for those who are hard pressed for time but want to preach or teach with accuracy and authority.
Each volume begins with a brief introduction to the particular New Testament book, a basic outline, and a list of recommended commentaries. The body is devoted to paragraph-by-paragraph exegesis of the Greek text and includes homiletical helps and suggestions for further study. A comprehensive exegetical outline of the New Testament book completes each EGGNT volume. Ephesians is the sixth volume in the series.
By John Kight
The expositional proclamation of the Word of God requires a starting point that’s often lacking in traditional commentaries. It requires an establishment of the text itself. It necessitates an honest analysis of textual variations, the grammatical constructs, the syntactical relationships, lexical evaluation, and contextual awareness. This is the starting point.
But what pastor really has enough time to collate and examine various manuscripts, interact with the best available Greek grammatical resources, and consult the gold-standard Greek-English lexicons before Sunday morning? Not to mention doing so with a keen awareness of the broader contextual landscape of the New Testament book and/or corpus they seek to proclaim. It is within this reality that the Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament (EGGNT) series shines the brightest.
We briefly corresponded with Dr. Murray J. Harris about the most recent volume in B&H Academic’s Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament series on John’s Gospel.
In closely analyzing the original text of John’s Gospel, what has been the most surprising or thrilling discovery?
In my analysis of the Greek text of John’s Gospel I was amazed to discover again how simple yet profound this Fourth Gospel is. Its exquisite simplicity of diction is matched by its stunning profundity of thought. As the Logos, Jesus Christ is the inward and expressed Thought of God, the unique and perfect expression of God the Father.
by Murray J. Harris
Whether vv. 16–21 are Jesus’ words or are John’s inspired reflection on Jesus’ words (see above on 3:1–21), they are equally authoritative. But along with the majority of recent EVV (NASB, NAB, NEB, REB, JB, NJB, NIV, NRSV, NLT, HCSB), we believe Jesus’ words end after v. 21. Verses 16–21 contain Jesus’ exposition of the universal implications of his conversation with Nicodemus, especially vv. 13–15 (cf. Köstenberger 113–14).
by Murray J. Harris
The theme of these [first] eighteen verses [of John’s Gospel] is the coming into the world of the pre-existent Logos as Jesus Christ, the true Light, in order to make God the Father known to humans who, by believing in Christ, become the children of God. Unlike the Gospel of Mark that begins with the testimony of John the Baptist regarding Jesus (Mark 1:1–8) or the Gospels of Matthew and Luke that commence with narratives about the circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus (Matt 1:18–24; Luke 1:4–2:20), the Fourth Gospel starts with the situation before the world began, when the Logos existed in the presence of God (1:1–2).