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- An ancient city of Greek Asia Minor in present-day western Turkey. Its temple, dedicated to Artemis, or in Roman times Diana, was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Saint Paul visited the city on his missionary journeys.
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- proper n. A city of ancient Anatolia, in what is now Turkey.
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- n. an ancient Greek city on the western shore of Asia Minor in what is now Turkey; site of the Temple of Artemis; was a major trading center and played an important role in early Christianity
- n. the third ecumenical council in 431 which declared Mary as mother of God and condemned Pelagius
Gambling was everywhere, and prostitution was common enough that legend has it there was a secret passage from the library in Ephesus across the street to the brothel.
Christian tradition holds that St. John and the Mother of God both lived in Ephesus, in spite of the fact that the Letter to the Ephesians makes no reference to them.
Like Thomas Wolfe's Pulpit Hill, Athas's Ephesus is a stand-in for the tiny university town.
As to the close connection between this First Epistle and the Second Epistle (which must have been written at the close of Paul's life), on which Alford relies for his theory of making the First Epistle also written at the close of Paul's life, the similarity of circumstances, the person addressed being one and the same, and either in Ephesus at the time, or at least connected with
The existence of Church organization and presbyters at Ephesus is presupposed (1Ti 5: 17, 19).
Hymenaeus (1Ti 1: 20), and possibly the same as the Alexander put forward by the Jews to clear themselves, not to befriend Paul, at the riot in Ephesus (Ac 19: 33, 34).
Referring to the imminent risk of life which he ran in Ephesus
"Asia," wherein Ephesus was. until Pentecost -- He seems to have stayed as he here purposes: for just when the tumult which drove him away broke out, he was already intending to leave Ephesus (Ac 19: 21, 22).
What projects he had of further usefulness (ver. 21, 22), and what trouble at length he met with at Ephesus from the silversmiths, which forced him thence to pursue the measures he had laid; how a mob was raised by Demetrius to cry up Diana (ver. 23-34), and how it was suppressed and dispersed by the town-clerk, ver.
Ephesus (for he knew only the baptism of John, ch.xviii. 25), but they had not opportunity of being acquainted with Aquila and Priscilla, or had not been so long in Ephesus or were not so willing to receive instruction as Apollos was, otherwise they might have had the way of