THE EXPLANATION OF THE EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL TO THE EPHESIANS BY BLESSED THEOPHYLACT, ARCHBISHOP OF OCHRID AND BULGARIA TRANSLATED BY FR. CHRISTOPHER STADE
This book is the second volume published in the series of the Epistles of St. Paul. These works are the standard Orthodox Christian commentaries on the New Testament, condensing the wisdom of the Church since the time of the early church fathers. This volume incorporates an expansion of Blessed Theophylact’s work by St. Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain, an 18th century saint who speaks with the same voice as his predecessors.
The Apostle Paul proclaims the greatness of God’s love for us, and our salvation in Jesus Christ, through the Holy Spirit. His epistle moves from the promise of the glory that awaits us when we turn away from our old sinful habits to embrace the richness of God’s grace. He returns again and again to the glory of His eternal will and purpose for us. Calling us to the fulness of the love of Christ, he gives instruction on how to love God and our neighbor. The commentary reveals the depth of every phrase, emphasizing the reality of the Church as the Body of Christ, and the building up of the temple of God.
This classic Orthodox commentary of the New Testament was written about the year 1100 A.D. by a brilliant and saintly Byzantine Churchman. His commentary has remained a primary text of New Testament interpretation throughout the Orthodox world of Greece, Russia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania. Blessed Theophylact distills the teaching of the earlier Church Fathers, especially Saint John Chrysostom, in language that is profound, powerful and direct.
The reading of The Explanation is indispensible... to the right understanding of the Gospel and consequently to the most exact practice of it."
—Bishop Ignaty Brianchaninov, from The Arena