Shelf Life Book Review: The Drama of Ephesians

Cliff Kvidahl

The Drama of Ephesians: Participating in the Triumph of God
IVP Academic, 2010

This commentary, by Timothy G. Gombis, provides a concise, fresh look at Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. According to Gombis, Ephesians “is a drama, portraying the victory of God in Christ over the dark powers that rule this present evil age.” It’s a letter about “how God’s people can continue, by the power of the Spirit, to perform the drama called the triumph of God in Christ.”

Gombis approaches Ephesians as a complete document rather than single units of thought. He guides us through Ephesians by means of the cosmic warfare motif—a motif informed by the Old Testament and other ancient Jewish literature. He shows us who the players are in this drama and how God has defeated the powers of this world by means of the cosmic ruler Jesus.

Because The Drama of Ephesians is not a traditional commentary, it would be helpful to read it alongside one or two other scholastic commentaries.

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Faithlife Corporation. Originally published in print, Vol. 3 No. 4