The letter is addressed to the church in the city of ephesus, capital of the roman province of asia. Single episodes covering various biblical topics are categorized as single episodes. Second, that they were most likely not there in the original is further confirmed when we. Ephesians 1 full chapter greeting paul, an apostle of christ jesus by the will of god, to the saints who are in ephesus, and are faithful in christ jesus. Revelation 2 begins a series of brief letters to seven churches that existed during the apostle johns time in asia minor modernday turkey. Ephesus was the most important city in western asia minor now turkey. There he found some disciples and asked them, did you receive the holy spirit when you believed. A lengthy article detailing the history of the city from its founding to present day. Determining the precise destination for the ephesian letter would seem like a straightforward. Nov 18, 2012 this is the holy book of ephesians, known as the epistle of paul the apostle to the ephesians. The ephesus scroll exegetical histories book 1 kindle.
Ephesus boasted international trade, a thriving silversmith guild, and a theater that seated 20,000 people. Ephesus in the bible encyclopedia isbe bible history online. This summary of the book of ephesians provides information about the title, authors, date of writing, chronology, theme, theology, outline, a brief overview, and the chapters of the book of ephesians. Starting your free trial of bible gateway plus is easy. Paul also would later write two letters to timothy, the churchs pastor.
Saying, i am alpha and omega, the first and the last. Download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. The book of ephesians tells how the gospel affects our. This book sets forth one of the clearest presentations on the relation between positional truth and experiencing positional truth in ones life. Home biblical archaeology significant discoveries from ancient empires. It was written to encourage believers to walk as fruitful followers of christ and to serve in unity and love in the. Meaning of the name alexander, alexander the great, alexander the coppersmith, syria and bible prophecy, bible study about syria, what the bible says about syria and damascus, isaiah 17, the bible and palm trees, bible study about the palm tree, the righteous will flourish like a palm tree psalm 92. Grace to you and peace from god our father and the lord jesus christ. Ephesians 1, new international version niv the bible app. In short, the best solution to the problem is that the letter was sent to many pauline churches and others throughout asia minor with the port of entry being ephesus. Ephesus is mentioned multiple times in the new testament, and the biblical book of ephesians, written around 60 a.
Illustrated bible history illustrations, photos, and images of the ancient world of the bible. Perhaps it seems like a nobrainer to say the book of ephesians was written to the ephesians. Paul, accompanied by priscilla and aquila, arrived in ephesus. Ephesians, more than any other book, presents the purpose and plan of god for the church. Grace be to you, and peace, from god our father, and from the lord jesus. Ephesians in the picture study bible the book of ephesians. Jun 17, 2015 this is the second part in the bible study series. The last glimpse of ephesus in the nt reveals an aging church in need of an infusion of new life, hence, the closing detail of imagery in the apocalyptic letter. Feb 07, 2015 the book of ephesians was written to gods holy people in ephesus ephesians 1. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Ephesians word is seen in four places in the bible acts 19. Brown asserts that about 80% of critical scholarship judges that paul did not write. The recording is dramatized, from the king james bible.
Comprised of jews and nonjews, these followers form the covenant family god promised to abraham. Its authorship has traditionally been attributed to paul the apostle but starting in 1792, this has been challenged as deuteropauline, that is, written in pauls name by a later author strongly influenced by pauls thought, probably by a loyal. These important questions are answered in the book of ephesians. In the book of ephesians, we see how the gospel story affects believers everyday lives. See why bible students are thrilled to be on our archaeologous biblical tour that takes in the ancient city of ephesus. The ephesus scroll exegetical histories book 1 kindle edition by chenoweth, ben. Old testament ruth ecclesiastes jonah single episodes live recordings interviews new testament matthew mark 1 corinthians 2 corinthians galatians. It had a harbor that at that time opened into the cayster river see map, p. This building was raised on immense substructions, in consequence of the swampy nature of the ground. Paul went to the synagogue in ephesus and proclaimed christ, and was asked to stay on and teach further.
In the book of acts, the history of church at ephesus begins with the ministry of paul on his second missionary journey, as recorded in acts 18. It was chiefly celebrated for the worship and temple of diana, which last was, accounted one of the seven wonders of the world. The mythical founder of the city was a prince of athens named androklos, who had to leave his country after the death of his father, king kodros. Years after pauls time in ephesus, while imprisoned in rome for the first time, the apostle penned the book of ephesians to this vibrant church on the west coast of asia minor.
Describes the history and legends associated with ephesus, accompanied by a few small pictures. The history packed ephesus is a must see if you want to walk in the footsteps of the ephesians, mother mary, apostle john, st. The greeks considered her the twin sister of apollo and the goddess of hunting and wilderness and the protector of unmarried girls. In business for over 31 years, ephesus christian bookstore seeks to supply the christian needs of its community, its state, its nation, and. He sent many letters to timothy and advised him to stay in ephesus in 1 timothy 1. The book of ephesians is a prison epistle letter written while in prison. Use highlighting, underlining, and take notes while you study the bible.
This building was raised on immense substructions, in. All 66 books of the bible in easy, onesentence summaries. Each lesson consists of a brief commentary, the daily bible reading scripture, a few questions for contemplation called, things to think about, and a prayer for the day. Book of ephesians overview insight for living ministries. Blue letter bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on christ and the gospel of his peace and righteousness. Full commentary series covering entire books of the bible are grouped by book name.
Pauls letter to the church at ephesus consists of twelve lessons, which can be used for an individual daily bible study or a group bible study. The design appears to be to strengthen the ephesians in the faith of christ, and to give exalted views of the love of god, and of the dignity and excellence of christ, fortifying their minds against the scandal of the cross. The epistle to the ephesians, also called the letter to the ephesians and often shortened to ephesians, is the tenth book of the new. Ephesians 1 kjv paul, an apostle of jesus christ by the bible.
Located opposite the island of samos, it is the closest of revelations seven churches to the island of patmos where the apostle john wrote the book of revelation. Each of these messages includes information apropos to each church, and from these messages we can draw lessons applicable to our own lives today. Ephesians bible study book includes smallgroup experiences for six sessions, weekly individual study opportunities, applicable scripture, how to use this study, and tips for leading a group. We will find that important message and hold it up to ourselves for instruction. Epistle to the ephesians read the bible online bible study tools. Interesting biblical facts about ephesus from archaeologous. The key personalities of ephesians are the apostle paul and tychicus. Because it was also at an intersection of major trade routes, ephesus became a commercial center. Enclosed within the book of ephesians is the discipline needed to develop into true children of god. Ephesus, in the roman province of asia, is 56 kilometers 35 miles from smyrna.
Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of catholic online is strictly forbidden and prohibited. The book is address by paul to the church at ephesus. Ephesus in the bible encyclopedia isbe bible history. Paul wrote the letter to the ephesians sometime in ad 6061, around the. John calvin called ephesians his favorite book of the bible. Ancient jerusalem interactive study of jerusalem with map. King james bible dictionary reference list ephesus. First, while many manuscripts and early versions have the words in ephesus ejn jefevsw, en epheso, they do not appear in some very important and early manuscripts. When we last left our series on ancient ephesus and the new testament, the city was in an uproar. Picture study bible studybible with pictures and maps. Dec 23, 2015 who were the ephesians mentioned in the bible.
The ephesians were the residents of ephesus to which paul visited and wrote the book of ephesians too in the form of a. Coins of ephesus sometimes show a date palm, sacred to artemis, and the symbol of the goddess beneficent activity. The book of ephesians hits on a wide range of moral and ethical behaviors, designed to ensure believers are living up to our heavenly calling. This is the holy book of ephesians, known as the epistle of paul the apostle to the ephesians. Ephesus redeeming the time you have now wayne stiles. What is behind this message christ gave to ephesus that is vitally important for the church in todays world. What does the bible say about the church of ephesus. Paul, an apostle of jesus christ by the will of god, to the saints which are at ephesus, and to the faithful in christ jesus. Mar 09, 2020 years after pauls time in ephesus, while imprisoned in rome for the first time, the apostle penned the book of ephesians to this vibrant church on the west coast of asia minor. Sinaiticus a, vaticanus b, p 46 and 424 c do not contain in ephesus. Ephesus smith permitted, the capital of the roman province of asia, and an illustrious city in the district of ionia, nearly opposite the island of samos.
Ephesus permitted, the capital of the roman province of asia, and an illustrious city in the district of ionia, nearly opposite the island of samos. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading the ephesus scroll exegetical histories book 1. The epistle to the ephesians, also called the letter to the ephesians and often shortened to ephesians, is the tenth book of the new testament. Most early writers spoke of the epistle as having been addressed to the ephesians. Nov 10, 2016 watch our overview video on the book of ephesians, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought.
This instructional letter is packed with practical advice, all given in an encouraging tone. Because the name ephesus is not mentioned in every early manuscript, some scholars believe the letter was an encyclical, intended to be circulated and read among all the churches in asia minor and was simply. Introduction to ephesians bible exposition commentary. The letter is addressed to the church in the city of ephesus, capital of the roman province of asia asia minor, modern turkey. A gang of silversmiths, at the instigation of a certain demetrius, was rioting, dragging several. The book of ephesians was written to gods holy people in ephesus ephesians 1. What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in asia. In ephesians, paul shows how the good news should create ethnically. Entry for ephesus holman bible dictionary one of 28 bible dictionaries freely available, this readable and easy to use dictionary takes advantage of the finest modern bible scholarship. Ephesus was one of the seven churches of asia that are cited in the book of revelation. Conspicuous at the head of the harbor of ephesus was the great temple of diana or artemis, the tutelary divinity of the city.
The beginning of christianity in ephesus is summarized, highlighting the new testament period. The holy bible book 49 ephesians kjv dramatized audio. Pauls the most important helper was timothy and he was born in ephesus. The church at ephesus had more written to it then to any other of the seven churches in revelation. The city of ephesus was a large commercial port city in asia minor present day turkey located at. God the father planned throughout history for jesus to create a multiethnic community of followers. What was jesus message to the church in ephesus in. View chuck swindoll s chart of ephesians, which divides the book into major sections and highlights themes and key verses.
The believers position united to god chapters the believers privileges united to one another chapters 45. What was jesus message to the church in ephesus in revelation. Artemis was a goddess worshiped in the ancient world. Each of these messages includes information apropos to each church, and from these messages we can draw lessons.
It is also seems equally obvious that in gods providence this epistle was incorporated in the canon of scripture for the whole body of christ. Because the name ephesus is not mentioned in every early manuscript, some scholars believe the letter was an encyclical, intended to be circulated and read. Watch our overview video on the book of ephesians, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. Your catholic voice foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under section 501c3 of the internal revenue code. Ephesians 1 niv bible paul, an apostle of christ jesus by the will. They answered, no, we have not even heard that there is a holy spirit. Intro to ephesians biblica the international bible society. Liberalism says that revelation is just a conglomerate of.
Catholic online is a project of your catholic voice foundation, a notforprofit corporation. The capital of ionia, a celebrated city of asia minor, situated near the mouth of the cayster, about forty miles southeast of smyrna. Located opposite the island of samos, it is the closest of revelations seven churches to the island of patmos where the apostle john wrote the book of revelation ephesus, founded primarily by those from the city of athens, was the capital of both ionia and proconsular asia. Although ephesians is one of the new testaments shortest books in terms of word countonly 6 chapters and 155 versesit is perhaps the most applicable to todays culture. Like all the river valleys around the great blunt end of the asian continents westward protrusion, that of the cayster was a highway into the interior, the terminal of a trade route that. Paul in ephesus while apollos was at corinth, paul took the road through the interior and arrived at ephesus. The book of ephesians gives practical, encouraging advice on living a life that honors god, which is why its still relevant in a conflictridden world. First century israel map large map of israel in the first century click around on the cities. The capital of proconsular asia, which was the western part of asia minor. The city of ephesus lay at the mouth of the cayster, between the koressos range and the sea, on the western coast of asia minor.162 452 914 1379 488 622 1543 978 610 77 660 20 1009 1084 206 1512 959 546 249 542 18 459 116 548 899 765 1488 646 236 382 388 640 567 1268 444