The City Of Ephesus In Biblical Times

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The City of Ephesus in Biblical TimesThe city of Ephesus was known as ?The Gateway of Asia? a very large Metropolislocated in Asia Minor. The people were cultural and unique in the ways they lived in theirsociety. The City itself was very cosmopolitan. They had libraries, museums and Temples for one of the goddesses they worshipped named, ?Artemis Ephesia?, or ?Diana?. This city was full of cultic practices, such as; palm reading, wizards, sorcerers and black magic. This type of pagan worship was prevalent during the time of Apostle Paul?s arrival there. It appears that Paul had much to contend with since hristianity was definitely counter-culture to the people of this great city.One wonders what was the city of Ephesus like, or how might it have looked? Where the building might have been located? What were the people like? What exactly was the atmospherein and around Ephesus? Well when glancing at the City of Ephesus it may be assumed that the people were ignorant, superstitious and unsophisticated. This is not a correct assumption, judging from the city?s beautiful libraries, temples, market center, Trajan Fountain, hillside houses and magnificent theater.?The Library of Celsus built in a.d 135 by Julius Aguila in memory of his father, Celsus, who was a Roman senator and governor-general of the province of Asia. Here thousands of parchments and papyri were stored, protected from dampness and worms by a double wall. Estimates of the number of rolls that could be stored in the library vary from 9,500 to 12,000. Celsus was a lover of books and was given the honor of being buried, not only within the city, but in the vault of his own library among his books. On the first floor of its façade there stood four female statues representing wisdom, fortune, knowledge, and virtue.?(www.padfield.com/2000/ephesus.html)The Apostle Paul?s first visit to Ephesus is mentioned in the book of Acts 18:19-21.?And he came to Ephesus and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.When they desired him to tarry longer time with them, he consented not;But bade them farewell, saying I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.?(The Holy Bible, KJV)When he first entered into the city he went to minister to the Jews there instead of the gentiles. He did not contend with the gentiles; they did not hear the gospel at this time. They were left with their goddess, Artemus, which the Romans called (Diana) to worship. This ancient city had a distinctive way in which they viewed their society. The people did not like change nor new ideas from others. Especially if those views disagreed with their own system ofbelief. They were a people who wanted to worship whatever and whenever it pleased them, and to whatever god was in vogue. This was a very clannish society.?All Greeks were bound to respect each other?s cities sanctuaries and cults if...

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