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
Source: WordNet. Princeton University
(permitted), the capital of the Roman province of Asia, and an illustrious city in the district of Ionia, nearly opposite the island of Samos. Buildings.--Conspicuous at the head of the harbor of Ephesus was the great temple of Diana or Artemis, the tutelary divinity of the city. This building was raised on immense substructions, in consequence of the swampy nature of the ground. The earlier temple, which had been begun before the Persian war, was burnt down in the night when Alexander the Great was born; and another structure, raise by the enthusiastic co-operation of all the inhabitants of "Asia," had taken its place. The magnificence of this sanctuary was a proverb throughout the civilized world. In consequence of this devotion the city of Ephesus was called neo'koros, (Acts 19:35) or "warden" of Diana. Another consequence of the celebrity of Diana's worship at Ephesus was that a large manufactory grew up there of portable shrines, which strangers purchased, and devotees carried with them on journeys or set up in the houses. The theatre, into which the mob who had seized on Paul, (Acts 19:29) rushed, was capable of holding 25,000 or 30,000 persons, and was the largest ever built by the Greeks. The stadium or circus, 685 feet long by 200 wide, where the Ephesians held their shows, is probably referred to by Paul as the place where he "fought with beasts at Ephesus." (1 Corinthians 15:32) Connection with Christianity--The Jews were established at Ephesus in considerable numbers. (Acts 2:9; 6:9) It is here and here only that we find disciples of John the Baptist explicitly mentioned after the ascension of Christ. (Acts 18:25; 19:3) The first seeds of Christian truth were possibly sown here immediately after the great Pentecost. (Acts 2:1) ... St. Paul remained in the place more than two years, (Acts 19:8,10; 20:31) during which he wrote the First Epistle to the Corinthians. At a later period Timothy was set over the disciples, as we learn from the two epistles addressed to him. Among St. Paul's other companions, two, Trophimus and Tychicus, were natives of Asia, (Acts 20:4) and the latter was probably, (2 Timothy 4:12) the former certainly, (Acts 21:29) a native of Ephesus. Present condition--The whole place is now utterly desolate, with the exception of the small Turkish village at Ayasaluk . The ruins are of vast extent.
Source: Smith's Bible Dictionary, 1884
Ephesusby Serif YenenSerif Yenen
A user friendly and informative pamphlet with illustrations and plans. Its content is very easy to understand. In addition to general information about the Ephesus area and the ancient city of Ephesus, Turkey, it shows the photos of all of the major monuments in and around the city. Information on the House of the Virgin Mary and the Basilica of St. John are also available in the pamphlet. This pamphlet type guide is also perfect for cruise ship passengers on their shore excursions.
The Life of Sr. Marie de Mandat-Grancey & Mary's House in Ephesusby Rev. Carl G. SchulteSaint Benedict Press and TAN Books
Publication Date: Fall 2011 The Life of Sr. Marie de Mandat-Grancey and Mary's House in Ephesus tells the story of a faith-filled woman's life of service and her quest to discover the house of the Blessed Virgin in Ephesus.
St. Paul's Ephesus: Texts and Archaeologyby Jerome Murphy-O'ConnorLiturgical Press
Readers can now picture for themselves this second of the two major centers of Paul's missionary work, with its houses, shops, and monuments, and above all the world-renowned temple of Artemis. After presenting the textual and archaeological evidence, Murphy-O'Connor leads the reader on a walk through St. Paul's Ephesus and describes the history of Paul's years in the city. Although Ephesus has been a ruin for many hundreds of years, readers of this book will find themselves transported back to the days of its flourishing.
Emerging Leadership in the Pauline Mission: A Social Identity Perspective on Local Leadership Development in Corinth and Ephesus (Princeton Theological Monograph)by Jack BarentsenWipf & Stock Pub
Ephesus: Its History and Religious Settingby Edgar M StubbersfieldRachel Stubbersfield
Many New Testament books were written in, to or near Ephesus. This small book outlines the history of this city and explains the religious setting into which the early church was established. This setting sheds light on the content of these New Testament books.
The Prophet from Ephesus (The Roman Mysteries)by Caroline LawrenceOrion Children's Books
It is August, A.D. 81. Presumed dead by their families, Flavia and her friends feel very far from home. News of more kidnappings in Italia reaches them, and when they discover one of Miriam's twins is among the missing, the four detectives set out for Halicarnassus in the Roman province of Asia. There they find a countryside full of prophets who claim to heal the sick and cure the lame, but who may simply be tricksters and villains in disguise. Once again, the detectives' loyalties are tested as they are confronted with hopes for the future and grim legacies of the past.
Raising Ephesus: Christian Hope for a Post-Christian Ageby T E HannaCreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Frustrated With The Church In America? You're Not Alone.
The church in the West is undeniably a church in crisis. Most of Europe is already post-Christian, and Christianity in the United States is quickly following suit. One in five Americans identify themselves as nonreligious, much of public Christianity defines itself in terms of political stances rather than holiness or discipleship, and churches in Africa, China, and Latin America are now sending their missionaries to us. As Christians, we are losing our place as influencers of western culture.
This is not the first time the church has faced such a challenge, however. Reading through the letters penned by Paul the Apostle to the early churches, we discover that the overwhelming majority of them were in similar crisis. The Corinthians were being consumed by the hyper sexual culture in which they were embedded. The church in Galatia was abandoning the faith and turning to follow false teachers. The Thessalonians and Colossians, too, were facing travail and challenge and internal strife.
In the midst of this, we discover Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. This letter stood apart. Rather than a letter of correction, it became a letter of praise, uplifting a body of Christians that seemed to get it. To these people, then, Paul unpacks his theology of the church. It is here that he begins communicating what it means to become people who stand apart, who embody holiness, and who become the hope of a broken world.
And hope they became. We stand as recipients of their legacy, of the power of the people of God who lived in ways that changed an empire and then the world. These were people who planted their feet in a hostile world surrounded by a church in crisis. These are people who can still speak to us today.
In Raising Ephesus, pastor and teacher T E Hanna (the writer behind Of Dust & Kings - one of the most read ministry blogs in the world) offers us a glimpse into our modern age through the eyes of the ancients, reminding us what it truly means to be the Church and calling us to raise Ephesus once more in the midst of the post-Christian West.
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"...channeling the boldness of Luther, the honesty of Augustine, the heart of Wesley and the calling of the Holy Spirit the author of "Raising Ephesus" challenges the body of the Messiah to seek their first Love." ~ J. R. Jones, Author of The Morning Star
"...As I read this, I got the clear sense that God's Holy Spirit picked up T E Hanna's finger and put it squarely on the pulse of our current Christian culture..." ~ Mark Capron
"Facing a society that, on a good day is lukewarm towards today's church, Raising Ephesus calls us back to the words of Paul... a call to an authentic relationship with Christ and with each other...the kind of relationship that leaves a lasting impact." ~ Emily Carson
"...when I started reading Raising Ephesus, I found both a critical look at the modern day church and hope for redirecting the church's future... It challenged me to be less selfish about how I look at being a part of a church and inspired me to remember why we "do church" in the first place." ~ Allison McClish
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Ephesus After Antiquity: A late antique, Byzantine and Turkish Cityby Clive FossCambridge University Press
Ephesus has had a fascinating and eventful history. Famous for its connections with Artemis, Heraclitus and St Paul, it is also one of the richest archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. Founded in the tenth century BC, it became, in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, the largest city and most important commercial centre in Asia Minor and continued in this role into Late Antiquity, where Professor Foss takes up its story. Professor Foss charts the fluctuations of Ephesus in all their aspects, religious, social, political and geographical, with extensive reference to many sources - historians, hagiographers, and travellers, as well as the rich archaeological evidence. The author's ability to visualise and convey what the city must have looked like at each stage, coupled with his strong narrative sense and varied choice of illustrations, will appeal to the general reader interested in Ephesus and to archaeologists, historians and those interested in church history.
The Early Christians in Ephesus from Paul to Ignatiusby Paul TrebilcoWm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
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.