Heidegger's Bible Handbook: Ephesians: Chapter Summary



The Inscription of the Epistle. Marcion denied that it was written to the Ephesians. The opinion of Grotius and Ussher concerning the same being written to the Laodiceans, Ephesians, and others at the same time, refuted, 1. Ephesus, a city of Asia, a colony of Ionia, devoted to the worship of many-breasted Diana. Saint John was not the first to preach the Gospel in it, but rather Paul, 2. The Subscription, that it was written at Rome, and sent by Tychicus, 3. The occasion and scope of the Epistle, 4. Argument of the same, information concerning the mysteries of the faith, and the duties of the Christian life, 5. It was written by Saint Paul at Rome, in chains, 6. There are two Parts: I. Exposition of the mysteries of the Christian faith and salvation (Ephesians 1-3). II. The duties of the Christian life, by which one walks worthily of the calling of Christ (Ephesians 4-6). Interpreters of the Epistle, Ancient, Reformed, Lutheran, Roman Catholic; and also a Synoptic Table, 7.

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