Ephesians: Empowerment to Walk in Love for the Unity of All in Christ

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Society of Biblical Lit, 2007 - Religion - 357 pages
This book analyzes Paul's Letter to the Ephesians and demonstrates that the Letter's implied audience heard its individual units as a rich and complex pattern of chiastic structures. It shows that, not only is the entire Letter arranged in fifteen units that function as a comprehensive chiastic structure, but that each of these fifteen units in turn exhibits its own chiastic structure. By attending carefully to the structure and rhetoric of Ephesians, this work demonstrates how the implied audience is persuaded and empowered by the progression of the Letter to “walk in love” and so contribute to the cosmic unity of all things in Christ.
 

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The book Ephesians: empowerment to walk in love for the unity of all in Christ by John Paul Heil is an absolute top work.
It goes in a convincing way through the text and shows the chiastic
structure of Ephesians. It sets a standard of about 8 or more criteria to which the sturcture must adhere in order to valid. These criteria are convincing.
More important, the structure brings out the meaning of Ephesians more clear - it is able to point out what the mean idea is that the letter is trying to express. This way this book is at value for anyone who wants to understand Ephesians, and wants to learn what it has to say for the faith, life and thinking of the church as a whole and of their own.
This book is true to the intention of the writer and perhaps leaves behind one's own pre-understanding, or even prejudices about the text should mean. It points to the kernel of the message: Christ.
The book is of high academic level (something one can expect from the SBL) and is in the first place at value for somebody with some background in Biblical Studies; otherwise one can drown in the analysis, while missing the understaning and the integration of the message in the broader view of faith. Having said this, it remains a valuable work for anyone who is able to use this tool for enhancement of the faith, for encouragement and correction, to teach what is sound.
Highly Recommended!
 

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John Paul Heil is Professor of New Testament at Catholic University of America. His books include The Meal Scenes in Luke-Acts: An Audience-Oriented Approach and The Rhetorical Role of Scripture in 1 Corinthians (Society of Biblical Literature); The Gospel of Mark as Model for Action: A Reader-Response Commentary (Paulist); and The Death and Resurrection of Jesus: A Narrative-Critical Reading of Matthew 26–28 (Fortress).

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