Ephesus (Ef´uh-suhs)

A port city of western Asia Minor that lay between Smyrna and Miletus. According to (Acts 18:19-21), Paul sailed from Corinth to Ephesus with Priscilla (Prisca) and Aquila for his first visit there. The latter couple instructed Apollos in Ephesus (Acts 18:24-26). Paul returned on his “third” missionary journey (Acts 19:1-20:1) to stay for more than two years. The silversmiths in the commercial agora (marketplace) finally rioted at the threat of Paul’s monotheism against their income (connected to worship of Artemis, whose temple in Ephesus was regarded as a wonder of the ancient world). Later, on his way back to Jerusalem, Paul met with the elders of Ephesus at Miletus (Acts 20:16-38). In 1Cor 15:32, Paul writes that he “fought with wild animals at Ephesus,” but whether this is meant figuratively or literally is uncertain. (1Tim 1:3) charges Timothy to remain at Ephesus. (2Tim 1:18) refers to service rendered by Onesiphorus at Ephesus, and (2Tim 4:12) to the sending there of Tychicus. The church of Ephesus is the first of the seven churches of Revelation (Rev 1:11, Rev 2:1-7). Most (but not all) biblical manuscripts indicate that the NT book titled Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians was addressed to people “in Ephesus” (Eph 1:1).

Acts 18:19-21

19When they reached Ephesus, he left them there, but first he himself went into the synagogue and had a discussion with the Jews.20When they asked him to stay l ... View more

Acts 18:24-26

Ministry of Apollos
24Now there came to Ephesus a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria. He was an eloquent man, well-versed in the scriptures.25He had been ... View more

Acts 19:1-20:1

Paul in Ephesus
1While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the interior regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples.2He said to them, “Di ... View more

Acts 20:16-38

16For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia; he was eager to be in Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentec ... View more

1Cor 15:32

32If with merely human hopes I fought with wild animals at Ephesus, what would I have gained by it? If the dead are not raised,
“Let us eat and drink,
for tomor ... View more

1Tim 1:3

Warning against False Teachers
3I urge you, as I did when I was on my way to Macedonia, to remain in Ephesus so that you may instruct certain people not to teac ... View more

2Tim 1:18

18—may the Lord grant that he will find mercy from the Lord on that day! And you know very well how much service he rendered in Ephesus.

2Tim 4:12

12I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus.

Rev 1:11

11saying, “Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamum, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to L ... View more

Rev 2:1-7

The Message to Ephesus
1“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among th ... View more

Eph 1:1

1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,
To the saints who are in Ephesus and are faithful in Christ Jesus:

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