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The Early Christians in Ephesus from Paul to Ignatius
Paul Trebilco

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Format: Paperback, 826pp.
ISBN: 9780802807694
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pub. Date: October 17, 2007

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The capital city of the province of Asia in the first century CE, Ephesus played a key role in the development of early Christianity. In this book Paul Trebilco examines the early Christians from Paul to Ignatius, seen in the context of our knowledge of the city as a whole.

Drawing on Paul's letters and the Acts of the Apostles, Trebilco looks at the foundations of the church, both before and during the Pauline mission. He shows that in the period from around 80 to 100 CE there were a number of different communities in Ephesus that regarded themselves as Christians the Pauline and Johannine groups, Nicolaitans, and others testifying to the diversity of that time and place. Including further discussions on the Ephesus addresses of the apostle John and Ignatius, this scholarly study of the early Ephesian Christians and their community is without peer.



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Paul Trebilco is professor of theology and head of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. He has also written Jewish Communities in Asia Minor.

Table of Contents

1The context11
2Paul in Ephesus : the evidence of his letters53
3Acts and the early Christians in Ephesus : beginnings and success104
4Acts and the early Christians in Ephesus : endings and departure155
5What do the Pastoral Epistles tell us about the early Christians in Ephesus?197
6What do the Johannine Letters tell us about the early Christians in Ephesus?237
7Revelation 2:1-7 : the proclamation to the church in Ephesus and the Nicolaitans293
8The wider culture and the readers of the Pastorals, the Johannine Letters and Revelation : acculturation, assimilation and accommodation351
9Material possessions and the readers of the Pastorals, the Johannine Letters and Revelation404
10Leadership and authority and the readers of the Pastoral Epistles, the Johannine Letters and Revelation 446
11The role of women among the readers of the Pastoral Epistles, the Johannine Letters and Revelation507
12What shall we call each other? The issue of self-designation in the Pastoral Epistles, the Johannine Letters and Revelation553
13The relationships between traditions and communities in Ephesus589
14Who are the addressees of Ignatius' letter to Ephesus?628
15Ignatius and additional facets of the life of the Christians in Ephesus684

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