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This study approaches the Epistle to the Ephesians in a radically different way from traditional commentaries. Rather than analysing each individual verse, Martin Kitchen examines the complete text within the framework of contemporary biblical criticism. He acknowledges the debt which biblical studies owes to historical method, while at the same time recognizing the need to view the Epistle against the background of recent literary approaches to New Testament texts. Ephesians also takes into account the important questions of whether the Epistle was written by St Paul and, if not, why it was written at all.
This book will be valuable reading for all theologians, students of theology and ministers of religion.

Blackwell North Amer
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 generally, and partly as a reaction to the destruction of the temple at Jerusalem in 70 AD: the breaking down of the 'middle wall that 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 co-operation 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 biblical criticism. This book is important reading for all theologians, students of the New Testament and ministers of religion.

Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2002
ISBN: 9780203303900
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 147 pages)


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