Ephesians

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    Black, David Alan

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    The Peculiarities of Ephesians and the Ephesian Address

    "An important argument in favor of the encyclical theory of the epistle to the Ephesians is based upon the peculiarities found in the epistle itself. Yet these unusual features (e.g., the lack of personal greetings, the unusual statements in 1:15, 3:2, and 4:21, etc.) can all be satisfactorily explained in the light of an original Ephesian destination. After an examination of early scribal habits and the theme of the epistle, the author concludes that the peculiarities of the letter are not conclusive reasons for rejecting the strong textual and historical testimony in favor of the Ephesian address."
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    Ephesians

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    Ephesians - World English Bible (WEB)

    This is an open source version of the bible based on the 1901 ASV (American Standard Version). This document may be freely distributed, there is no copyright on this translation.
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    Smith, Gary V.

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    Paul's Use of Psalm 68:18 in Ephesians 4:8

    "The use of the Old Testament by the New Testament writers continues to be one of the most difficult areas in the field of hermeneutics. Theological overtones of Messianic interpretations frequently make this area of exegesis problematic for those who seek to follow the grammatical-historical method of interpretation. Many of these problems of interpretation are due to an inability to understand the methods of exegesis used in the New Testament...In the present discussion of Paul's hermeneutical principles, we shall look at: (a) the problems raised by Paul's use of Psalm 68:18 in Ephesians 4:8; (b) the meaning of Psalm 68:18; and (c) the exegetical principles used by Paul when quoting Psalm 68:18."
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    Turner, David L.

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    Ephesians 2:3c and Peccatum Originale

    "The student of hamartiology soon discovers that Eph 2:3c is a standard proof text for and often occurs in the various presentations of original sin...It may well be that after Rom 5: 12-21 this passage is the most important in the NT on this doctrine. All branches of Christendom, including Reformed, Lutheran, Anglican, Arminian, and Roman Catholic1 have depended upon this passage in formulating their hamartiological positions. There are those, however, who deny that this passage has any a relevance to original sin. Their arguments are not to be taken lightly. The purpose of this paper is to determine whether Eph 2:3c actually supports the concept of original sin, find if so, what that contribution is."
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    Wallace, Daniel B.

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    Orgizesthe in Ephesians 4:26: Command or Condition

    "It would be very appropriate to develop in this paper something of a 'theology of anger,' or, more specifically, a 'theology of righteous human anger.' Such a study is sorely needed. But it must be built on the exegesis of several key passages. Our goal, therefore, is far more modest: we wish to focus on only one text which, nevertheless, contributes heavily to such a theme. Eph 4:26 is arguably the crux interpretum in the NT regarding the validity of...man's righteous indignation."