A Week in the Life of Ephesus
As the city of Ephesus prepares for a religious festival in honor of the emperor Domitian, a Christian landowner feels increasing pressure from the city's leaders to participate. Can he perform his civic duties and remain faithful to his Lord?...
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As the city of Ephesus prepares for a religious festival in honor of the emperor Domitian, a Christian landowner feels increasing pressure from the city's leaders to participate. Can he perform his civic duties and remain faithful to his Lord? Or has the time come for a costly choice? In this historical novel, biblical scholar David deSilva brings to life such compelling struggles faced by the early Christians. Their insistence on the absolute lordship of their own singular deity brought them into conflict not only with the myriad religious cults of the day, but with all the crushing power of the empire itself. Meticulously researched and supplemented by historical images and explanatory sidebars, A Week in the Life of Ephesus poses anew the timeless question of Christianity and empire. Here is a vividly imaginative portrait of the Roman empire in all its beauty and might-and hanging over it, the looming sky of apocalypse.
David A. deSilva (PhD., Emory University) is Distinguished' Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. He is the author of numerous books including 4 Maccabees (Septuagint Commentary Series); the forthcoming 1 Peter (Rhetoric of Religious Antiquity Series), II Corinthians (New Covenant Commentary), Galatians (New International Commentary on the New Testament), Jude (Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament), Revelation (Socio-Rhetorical Commentaries), An Introduction to the New Testament: Contexts, Methods & Ministry Formation; Introducing the Apocrypha: Context, Message and Significance; New Testament Themes; Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews; Honour, Patronage, Kinship and Purity: Unlocking New Testament Culture, and The Hope of Glory: Honour Discourse and New Testament Interpretation. He holds ordination in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.
- <strong>as The City Of Ephesus Prepares For A Religious Festival In Honor Of The Emperor Domitian, A Christian Landowner Feels Increasing Pressure From The City's Leaders To Participate.</strong> Can He Perform His Civic Duties And Remain Faithful To His Lord? Or Has The Time Come For A Costly Choice? In This Historical Novel, Biblical Scholar David Desilva Brings To Life Such Compelling Struggles Faced By The Early Christians. Their Insistence On The Absolute Lordship Of Their Own Singular Deity Brought Them Into Conflict Not Only With The Myriad Religious Cults Of The Day, But With All The Crushing Power Of The Empire Itself. Meticulously Researched And Supplemented By Historical Images And Explanatory Sidebars, <em>a Week In The Life Of Ephesus</em> Poses Anew The Timeless Question Of Christianity And Empire. Here Is A Vividly Imaginative Portrait Of The Roman Empire In All Its Beauty And Might-and Hanging Over It, The Looming Sky Of Apocalypse.
- 1 New Year's Day (1 Kaisaros, 9 Kalends October)
- Scene 1: The Divine Artemis Sends Birthday Wishes
- Musical Instruments In The Roman Period
- Roman Asia's Calendar
- Scene 2: A Symposium In The Prytaneion
- The Title Neōkoros
- 2 Roman Piety, Roman Peace (2 Kaisaros, 8 Kalends October)
- Scene 1: In Serapion's Town House
- Scene 2: The Harbor Of Ephesus
- Titus Flavius Zeuxis
- The Jewish Community Of Ephesus
- Scene 3: The City Fathers Convene
- The Third Horseman And Domitians Edict
- The Staff Of The Imperial Cult
- 3 In The Shadow Of The Gods (3 Kaisaros, 7 Kalends October)
- Scene 1: Asia's Shared Temple Of The Augusti In Ephesus
- Civic Pride And Imperial Cult
- Scene 2: In The Shade Of The Basilica Stoa
- Scene 3: In The Merchants' Quarter
- Aelius Aristides On The Roman Imperial Economy
- 4 The Lords Day (4 Kaisaros, 6 Kalends October)
- Scene 1: Morning Orisons
- Christian Worship At The Turn Of The First Century
- Scene 2: In The Great Theater
- Imperial Cult In The Games Of Neapolis
- Scene 3: The Assembly In Amyntas's House
- The Varieties Of Christianity In Ephesus
- 5 The Crucible Of Faith (5 Kaisaros, 5 Kalends October)
- Scene 1: In Serapion's Town House
- Scene 2: In The Gymnasium
- Scene 3: Prochorus Arrives
- Johns Removal To Patmos
- 6 The Day Of Decision (6 Kaisaros, 4 Kalends October)
- Scene 1: The View From Above
- Domitian's Diminished Popularity And Ephesus's Flavian Temple
- Scene 2: In The Council Chamber
- The Fiscus Iudaicus And The "synagogue Of Satan"
- 7 The Day After (7 Kaisaros, 3 Kalends October)
- Scene 1: Business As Usual
- Scene 2: A Grace Defaced
- For Further Study