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The Drama of Ephesians: Participating in the Triumph of God

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Ephesians has long been a favorite New Testament book among Christians. Its exalted language and soaring metaphors inspire devotion and worship. But too often the expositor's scrutiny has reduced this letter to a string of theological ideas and practical topics. Timothy Gombis has rediscovered Ephesians as a deeply dramatic text that follows the narrative arc of the triump ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published November 4th 2010 by InterVarsity Press (first published September 7th 2010)
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Sep 13, 2015 Bob rated it it was amazing
Summary: This book approaches Ephesians as a drama of the victory of God over cosmic powers in opposition to Him through Christ and through a redeemed and transformed church that acts as Divine Warrior.

That summary might have caught your attention. I've always loved the letter to the Ephesians and read numerous commentaries. Most, in some form or another will divide the book in half, with chapters 1-3 comprising the indicative of what God has done in Christ, and chapters 4-6 the resulting impera
Aug 12, 2015 Sagely rated it it was amazing
An incredible book. Gombis weaves a rich tapestry of OT allusions, apocalyptic thinking, a corporate understanding of life in Christ, and a dirt-under-your-fingernails practical go-and-do-likewise instruction. A beautiful book, both as a commentary on Ephesians and as general reading about our life together of discipleship.

I first met Gombis over coffee as I was just finishing my undergraduate experience. My soul and mind were being blown into more rigorous forms of discipleship, mission, and co
Jeremy Bouma
Sep 28, 2011 Jeremy Bouma rated it really liked it
A month ago I met Tim Gombis and was highly impressed with him as an intellectual and person. He is the author of the new book The Drama of Ephesians (IVP Academic). At my meeting with him I heard some of his story and journey through evangelicalism, experience teaching undergraduates at Cedarville University, life in inner-city Springfield, OH and involvement with a missionally-centered church plant. The last two specifically piqued my interest as I am both planting and have interest in impacti ...more
C. Christopher
Dec 12, 2010 C. Christopher rated it really liked it
This is a rich book that resonates with our reading of the book of Ephesians, and our experiences in trying to embody the drama that plays out in its pages, here at Englewood Christian Church. I am excited to share this book with others in our church community, and likewise am eager to see others reading and discussing it in their church communities, as well as discerning together what God is calling them to be and do through this part of scripture. May our churches begin and continue to grow in ...more
Jan 13, 2011 Tim rated it it was amazing
This is not a perfect book, but it is a wonderful one. Seeing Ephesians as a drama to be enacted, a script encouraging the church to follow after its Lord's triumph over the powers of this world, Gombis points to the letter's communal transforming intent. "Ephesians is not merely there to give us information. It is designed to transform us as we seek to become gospel characters, to become truly the people of God." "Ephesians also calls us to be a discerning people, since God's triumph looks not ...more
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