Description: 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.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Deutero-Pauline Epistles, Ephesians, Literature
Review by Markus Oehler
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Citation: Markus Oehler, review of Paul Trebilco, The Early Christians in Ephesus from Paul to Ignatius, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).
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