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This presentation gives us background information about the city of Ephesus. Paul writes one of his epistle to the Ephesian churches. If one knows the background of Ephesus, it will help them to understand the epistle better

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  1. 1. Ephesus
  2. 2. Ephesus Ephesus is a place in Modern Day Turkey. It was an ancient Greek city. During the Roman Regime, Ephesus was a major Roman city.
  3. 3. House of Mother Mary • The House of Mary (Mother of Jesus) is located in Ephesus. • This was the house where she lived with John during her last stages of her life.
  4. 4. Temple of Artemis The temple of Artemis was a popular site in Ephesus. It was one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. Artemis (Semiramis) is a Babylonian goddess who was addressed by different names in different places. In Ephesus, she was addressed as Diana. The Corinthians addressed her as Aphrodite. Semiramis is the Moon God of Babylonian theology. She was the wife of the Sun God (Nimrod – Genesis 10:8-12) Artemis is a multi breasted goddess as she symbolized fertility and nourishment. She has another name “Nike”. The Olympic games are conducted to worship her. The statue of liberty in America represents her as she is the symbol of Liberation.
  5. 5. Paul’s stay in Ephesus • Apostle Paul stayed in Ephesus for 2 years • In those two years Paul fought with the people for selling the Artemis statues. (Acts 19 : 23- 41) • Paul wrote the letter to the Corinth church from Ephesus. • Later he wrote the letter to Ephesians from prison in Rome.
  6. 6. Ephesians • The people of Ephesus embraced Christianity from a idol worship background. • Rev 2: 1-7 gives us a clear picture of how they back slided. (Apostle John gives us the view)
  7. 7. Tomb of Apostle John The tomb of Apostle John is also located in Ephesus
  8. 8. The Epistle to the Ephesians. Apostle Paul stresses on • Church is the body of Christ • Church should be Holy The Epistle to Ephesian churches will give us all a very good practical lesson on how to lead a Christian life
  9. 9. Now please proceed and study the 6 chapters of Ephesians. You will understand the letter better. - A Research study by Prason Christopher Robin