- New Testament
Book of Ephesians
Authorship and Origin:
The letter states that it is from Paul, writing from prison, however some commentators are
not convinced due to it's difference in style, different use of words (such as 'church'), and
theological differences from other Pauline letters. Due to these controversies, the date of
the authorship of this letter is not clear, although it was probably written before 95 A.D., perhaps
as early as 62 A.D..
If it wasn't written by Paul himself, it was certainly written by a Jewish Christian who was
a devoted admirer of Paul.
Overview and Significant sections
The book does not have the form of a letter in the strict sense, since it does not address any
local issues or problems, or a particular groups of Christians. It may have been a compilation
of Pauline texts designed to introduce Pauline theology, and as such was circulated to a number
of churches for teaching.
- Liturgical Preface, Hymn, Thanksgiving
- Christian Life, Ethics, Morality, Christian Household, Strength in the Lord
4:1 - 6:20
Of special note:
- Conclusion and closing
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