Paul and the Silversmiths

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Part 8 of series: Ancient Ephesus and the New Testament Paul and the Silversmiths Now that we know something about the goddess Artemis and her importance for Ephesus, we’re ready to get back to the story of Paul’s ministry in this city. As Paul’s ministry began to thrive in Ephesus, a certain Demetrius became concerned. [Read More...]

Artemis and Her Temple

All that's left of the temple of Artemis near ancient Ephesus

Part 7 of series: Ancient Ephesus and the New Testament Artemis and Her Temple In my last post, I summarized the beginning of Paul’s ministry in Ephesus as it’s described in Acts 19. We saw that, after first being stymied in his effort to reach out to Ephesian Jews through the synagogue, Paul switched to [Read More...]

The Apostle Paul in Ephesus

The Odeum in ancient Ephesus

Part 6 of series: Ancient Ephesus and the New Testament The Apostle Paul in Ephesus In my last post, I quoted a passage from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians in which he wrote, “But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there [Read More...]

Ephesus in the New Testament

Curetes Street, the "main drag" of ancient Ephesus

Part 5 of series: Ancient Ephesus and the New Testament Ephesus in the New Testament Early Christianity was significantly an urban movement. This might sound surprising if you’re used to thinking of Christians continuing the mode of Jesus, whose ministry happened largely (but not only) in rural Galilee. Yet, when we pay close attention to [Read More...]


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