The Epistle to the Ephesians is a fascinating structured letter with its long, complex sentences and interlocking theological themes. Because of its broad sweep of the Divine purposes, the letter's grand themes and emphasis on unity, truth, and love proves to be both an encouraging and a searching challenge to live a holy and godly life. Only the Psalms, Gospel of John, and Romans have been as influential throughout the centuries and significant as the Epistle to the Ephesians in shaping the life and thought of Christians.
The city of Ephesus was the seacoast capital of proconsular Asia. The famous temple of Diana, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was situated in Ephesus. Ephesus was reknown for being one of the great religious, political, and commercial centers of the ancient world.
Paul's letter exhibits long and complex sentence constructions, such as is not found anywhere else among Paul's epistles (cf. 1:3-14; 15-23; 2:1-7, 11-13, 14-18, 19-22; 3:1-19; 4:1-6, 11-16, 17-19, 20-24; 6:14-20). The language of the letter has a strong Semitic flavor because of the accumulation of synonyms and genitival constructions. The language and style demonstrates striking similarities to the Qumran literature.
Semitic syntactic appearances occur four times more frequently in this short epistle than all other Paul's letters. Ephesians has forty-one hapax legomena (words that occur only once). Furthermore, forty-four words are not used anywhere else in the Pauline corpus. Nineteen other words are common only to Ephesians and Colossians.
The special vocabulary and the long, complex sentences will challenge the beginning Greek student. Therefore, it is recommended that this diagram set be purchased after at least two semesters of Greek or equivalent. In many Bible colleges and seminaries, the Epistle to the Ephesians is one of the first epistles examined in an exegetical Greek course.
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