The Drama of Ephesians: Participating in the Triumph of God
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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 October 4th 2010 by InterVarsity Press (first published September 7th 2010)
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Jeremy Bouma
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
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
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
Chris Wood
Apr 16, 2012 Chris Wood rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: those interested in Ephesians and Biblical theology
Read the first two chapters for an insightful defense of Biblical theological studies of Ephesians and an unconventional but provocative treatment of the invisible powers (Eph. 2:2; 6:12).

After those chapters, the author attempts to provide both a social commentary based on Ephesians and biblical theological commentary of Ephesians. Unfortunately, in trying to do both, we are left with a fairly shallow treatment of Ephesians and its application.

That said, the first couple chapters are worth a c...more
Matthew Henry
An excellent book that does not fit a category well. Makes the argument of the Divine Warrior motif in Ephesians and does so convincingly. As a result approaches certain well-known passages slightly differently than what I am used to but I found much of what he argued to be quite sound. I found that I kept wanting to go back to the book for more every time I set it down. Five stars if it was longer and more indepth.
This book deserves a reread I think. Somewhat repetative and at times not concrete enough, the theological vision of Ephesians is still on display. The underlying ideas are fantastic and enlightening. The presentation left a little to be desired. Would be usefull to base a sunday school class on.
Best book so far on a great epistle... the timing for my life could not have been more perfect...
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