ABOUT THIS BOOK
Investigate the challenges, threats, and opportunities experienced by the early church in Ephesus
The third installment of The First Urban Churches focuses on the urban context of Christian churches in first-century Ephesus. As with previous volumes, contributors illustrate how an investigation of the material evidence will help readers understand properly the challenges, threats, and opportunities that the early Ephesian believers faced in that city. Brad Bitner, James R. Harrison, Michael Haxby, Fredrick J. Long, Guy M. Rogers, Michael Theophilos, Paul Trebilco, and Stephan Witetschek demonstrate decisively the difference that such an approach makes in grappling with the meaning and context of the New Testament writings, particularly Ephesians, Acts, and Revelation.
- Analysis of urban evidence of the inscriptions, papyri, archaeological remains, coins, and iconography
- Proposed reconstructions of the past and its social, religious and political significance
- A nuanced, informed portrait of ancient urban life in Ephesus