I am excited to announce here first, the release of my new book, A Journey Through Ephesus. I began writing this book several years ago, with a desire to write an accessible commentary that not only gave contextual insights into the book of Ephesians, but also told the story of Ephesus. A couple of years ago, I was able to visit Ephesus with my brother, on a trip to Greece and Turkey. You can read about that particular visit, here. So this books comes out of both careful study of Ephesians, but also walking through the actual archaeological site! What follows is a description of the book.
Ephesus was one of the largest and most influential cities in the Roman Empire. It served as the chief city of the Roman province of Asia. The city was also home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the colossal Temple of Artemis. Many notable figures from history passed through the city, thus Ephesus often found itself in the middle of regional disputes and political conflicts.
It was this same city that also served as a base of operations for the Apostle Paul’s ministry to the province of Asia. Paul spend two to three years calling this city home, engaging the people and the surrounding pagan culture. So when Paul wrote his Biblical letter to the Ephesian church he founded, he wrote to a city that he was familiar with and knew held influence over the entire region.
What can be learned when not only the book of Ephesians is studied, but the history of the city is considered, along with insights from both Roman and Greek culture, both of which shaped the city? Can we begin to see allusions to this city in Paul’s letter to Ephesus? What is to be made of some present-day assertions that Ephesians was not written to the city of Ephesus, nor even written by the Apostle Paul? A Journey Through Ephesus begins with the history of Ephesus, then provides a narrative commentary on Ephesians, and concludes with an examination of what happened to the church Paul founded. The entire context of The Greco-Roman culture of the city begins to emerge when we understand Paul’s purpose and audience in this comprehensive study of the book of Ephesians.
As some may have noticed, I took a break from blogging for awhile. But in the near future, I will be adding some previews and excerpts from the book. As always, words of encouragement and feedback are appreciated. If you enjoy the book, please like, rate, review – whatever the case may be. It all helps spread the word!
A Journey Through Ephesus is available at most online retailers. For all formats, visit my Smashwords page or click the cover image on the sidebar of the home page.