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Instanoes from the history of problems surrounding the Epistle to the Ephesians

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Already within the ancient church some surprise existed that the Ephesians should have been named as the addressees of the epistle. It was known that Paul, prior to his imprisonment, had accomplished much work in Ephesus and the fact was remarked upon that in this epistle, written during his imprisonment, he approaches the Christians of Ephesus in such a manner as to suggest that they are not personally known to him. A long time was to pass before the extraordinary resemblance between Eph. and Co1. was considered in the light of a problem. In the meantime, the relationship of Eph. to the other epistles of Paul became yet another problem. Erasmus was the first to make the observation that Eph. is peculiar in character. The content of Eph. has given rise to as many doubts as have its style and use of language.

Keywords: Ephesians; epistle; Erasmus; Paul



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