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The outward testimony suggests that the Epistle to the Ephesians was written prior to the year A.D. 96 (p. 44). In its formal aspects, the epistle conforms to ancient epistolary standards. The disposition of Eph. diverges from that of the HP in its combined eulogy and eucharistia formulation and in the length of the prayers. The greetings or blessings at the end of Eph. are not obviously similar to those in the other epistles. However, the more deep-seated affinities do furnish a positive indication for the authenticity of the epistle. A correspondence in style, grammatical detail and vocabulary between Col. and Eph. makes us think that the two are the work of the same hand. The writing of Eph. and Col. is stamped with the same very specific hallmark; this owes a certain debt to Semitic influences and probably evolved in a bilingual Palestinian milieu.

Keywords: Col.; Eph.; Epistle to the Ephesians; Palestinian milieu



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