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...]

The Location and Environment of Ephesus

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Part 2 of series: Ancient Ephesus and the New Testament The Location and Environment of Ephesus Ephesus, or what is left of it, lies on the western edge of modern day Turkey, just about five miles inland from the Aegean coast. The picture to the right shows the location of Ephesus. It is close to [Read More...]

Ancient Ephesus and the New Testament: Introduction

The Arch of Titus in Rome, which commemorates the fall of Jerusalem and destruction of the temple in AD 70

Part 1 of series: Ancient Ephesus and the New Testament Ancient Ephesus and the New Testament: Introduction For many of us, the events of the Bible seem to take place in some distant, magic world of “Bible lands,” a wonderland rather like the one discovered by Alice. We read about Jerusalem, Nazareth, Corinth, and Ephesus, [Read More...]


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