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In verses 21-41, Paul and his companions face intense pressure from residents of Ephesus.

Eventually, they riot to preserve Artemis’ good name.

Outline of Acts 19

1) Paul, in Ephesus, demonstrates the difference between the baptisms of John and Jesus. He tells about the Holy Spirit.
2) Paul teaches publicly in Ephesus for over two years
3) Sceva’s seven sons get beat up by an unclean spirit
4) Demetrius stirs up a riot to undermine the idea that handmade gods aren’t really gods

Introduction

In Ephesians 1:1-2, Paul includes his typical greetings.

However, it is noted that not all early manuscripts included the words “in Ephesus,” so it’s likely that this letter was intended for an audience over a wide geographical range that happened to be centered around Ephesus.

The Trouble with Ephesus

According to Acts 19, Paul was very well-acquainted with Ephesus.  He spent some time there and had intense experiences with the people of the city.

But Ephesians 1:15-16 and Ephesians 3:1-6 could imply that the people receiving this letter do not know Paul personally, but only by his writing.

Some scholars insist that this means Ephesians wasn’t really intended for the church at Ephesus.

I don’t have this same hesitation, but it’s interesting to note this debate among people who study the Bible for a living.

Ephesus and the Bible

Neato background information here.

Where in the world is Timothy?

MP at the Celsus Library in Ephesus, Turkey 2003Image by libraryman via Flickr

In 1:3, we learn that Timothy is serving in Ephesus.

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