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Commentary on the Epistle to the Ephesians (The Crossway Classic Commentaries)
Dr. Charles Hodge was known more as a systematic theologian than as an expositor of Scripture. Nevertheless, his whole life was devoted primarily to the critical and systematic study of the Bible. "Commentary on the Epistle to the Ephesians" has become a standard resource for teachers, pastors, and educated laypersons. Hodge's introductory material, chapter analyses, and v ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
(first published April 1st 1980)
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I really enjoyed Hodge's commentary on Ephesians. His attention to detail, especially the way to translate various Greek constructions, was great. Unlike many modern commentaries however, he does not leave out application. He exhorts us to grow in Christ throughout the book. Of course, there were some disagreements I had with him at points. But he is a good corrective to a lot of modern sterile commentaries.
Hodge is clear, concise, and yet also digs into the Greek words for those interested. I appreciate that he explains some differing interpretations but at times it would have been nice to have had more of that. All in all, very excellent as a reference and very excellent for reading.
Charles Hodge (December 27, 1797 – June 19, 1878) was an important Presbyterian theologian and principal of Princeton Theological Seminary between 1851 and 1878. He was a leading exponent of the Princeton theology, an orthodox Calvinist theological tradition in America during the 19th century. He argued strongly for the authority of the Bible as the Word of God. Many of his ideas were adopted in t ...moreMore about Charles Hodge...
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