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Ephesians: An Exegetical Study
Zondervan Academic

Ephesians: An Exegetical Study

Focusing on the textual structure of Scripture, this course examines the literary elements of Ephesians to comprehend the author's revolutionary goals, and ultimately discover the book’s vital claims upon today’s church.

At a Glance

  • A thorough study of Paul's letter to the Ephesian church
  • Insight into the letter’s four themes: God’s power, unity, encouragement for living a holy life, and the Christian’s identity in Jesus
  • A deeper understanding of how to apply the theology of Ephesians to your own life
  • Access to the ebook "Ephesian" commentary within the course and via an eReader
  • Access to all course material—video lectures; readings enhanced by reflection question, quizzes, exams, and the Cerego learning system to build memory retention of course objectives
  • 24/7 access for 12 months to complete the course at your own pace


120 hours


This course can be taken for academic credit through the BibleMesh Institute: Click Here.

More Details

New Testament scholar Clinton Arnold uses the historical, theological, and literary elements of Paul's letters to guide his interpretation of this early Christian pastoral text in this Ephesians course. Accessible to anyone seeking to learn more from the New Testament, units examine the biblical text in its original environment, with an emphasis on practical messages and episodes of great theological depth.

The course includes passage-by-passage lessons through the entire book of Ephesians. Arnold highlights four themes that emerge in the epistle: (1) the superior power of God over against spiritual powers; (2) the unity of Jews and Gentiles through Jesus Christ; (3) the encouragement for Gentiles believers to live holy lives before God; and (4) the need for believers to be rooted in the knowledge of their new identity in Christ Jesus. Woven into Paul's theology is a refrain of praise and adoration to the glory of God that insists such praise should also be our response. With attention to issues that continue to surface in today's church, this course offers a focused resource for better understanding Ephesians.

All course material—instructional videos, readings, practical exercises, and quizzes—is available online for study at your own convenience.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Ephesians 1:1-2
  3. Ephesians 1:3-14
  4. Ephesians 1:15-23
  5. Ephesians 2:1-10
  6. Ephesians 2:11-22
  7. Ephesians 3:1-13
  8. Ephesians 3:14-21
  9. Ephesians 4:1-6
  10. Ephesians 4:7-16
  11. Ephesians 4:17-24
  12. Ephesians 4:25-5:2
  13. Ephesians 5:3-14
  14. Ephesians 5:15-21
  15. Ephesians 5:21-33
  16. Ephesians 6:1-9
  17. Ephesians 6:10-20
  18. Ephesians 6:21-24
  19. Theology of Ephesians

About the Technology

Author and Instructor

Clinton E. Arnold
Dr. Clinton E. Arnold

Ph.D., University of Aberdeen

Clinton E. Arnold is dean and professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, California.