Essay about Exegesis on Ephesians

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Exegetical Paper of Ephesians 2:14-22 In Ephesians 2:14-22, Paul writes a letter to the people of Ephesus both Jews and Gentiles of the time, telling them that Christ had broken down the wall of hostility so that they can live in peace and unity. Within this paper, there will be an extensive exegetical look at the history of the passage; what the significance of this passage is to the biblical audience, and the differences between the biblical audience and today’s audience. By studying this passage, people today can grasp the meaning and apply it to their lives.
Historical Context
The City of Ephesus was a city of wealth, and was impacted by Christians greatly for centuries. “Ephesus was founded by Ionian Greeks at a location where
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Ephesians 2:14-22 contains three key concepts that’s portrayed throughout the whole book; unity in Christ, grace through faith and a holy way of living. These three concepts go more into depth within the overall book of Ephesians but are summed up within verses 2:14-22. The paragraph before the passage addresses that the Gentiles were different from the Jews and that they were living apart from Christ, but are to live as one people, together in unity. In the paragraph after the passage, Paul reiterates that the Gentiles are to be treated equally with the Jews and that they have grace through their faith in Christ.
There are three words that play an important role within this text. They are hostility, body and cornerstone. These three words are important to look at because they tap into the key concepts within the passage; they are words that are pivotal in Paul’s message.
Paul uses the word hostility (echthra), as a noun, referencing the word as a “thing” that is dividing the two groups of people. Paul addresses that there is no more hostility between the Jews and Gentiles because Christ has brought peace to them through his own death on the cross. The two groups of people are untied into one nation, the word hostility is pivotal because it is a key word that shows how unity is of significance in this passage. The fact that the separation between the

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