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The question of the ethnic composition of the recipients is pertinent to any satisfactory interpretation of ch 2.11-223 and therefore of the entire epistle. This is the introductory chapter of the book, which sets out the major areas to be examined in the study of the appropriation of Scriptural material in Ephesians. First, regardless of the precise location of the intended audience, we have a fairly realistic picture of the general religio-cultural background of the recipients. A second factor to be taken into account is the widespread view that Ephesians incorporates early Christian traditional material. Third, occasionally it is necessary to consult textual witnesses other than the main MT or LXX manuscripts. There are various Greek versions of individual OT books widely available and used by NT authors. In the case of Eph 4.8-10, the book also examines a relatively late Targumic tradition.

Keywords: Ephesians; Old Testament (OT); Scriptural material; Targumic tradition



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