The Ephesians, One Of Great Intriguing Distinction

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The Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians is one of great intriguing distinction. The letter possesses unique properties in comparison its fellow Prison Epistles namely, Philemon, Philippians and Colossians. The author of this work seeks to further expound upon these unique properties and its implications for how one should interpret the Epistle, specifically Ephesians 1:3-14.

Authorship It has been generally accepted that the Apostle Paul is the Author of the Epistle. The Early Church Leaders acknowledged Paul’s authorship of the letter to the Ephesians. According to historical documents, Polycarp, Ignatius and Tertullian referenced Paul several times in connection with the writing of the Epistle. Despite such a traditional acceptance of Paul’s authorship of Ephesians there is a small minority of those who are not convinced. Many who are not convinced of Paul’s authorship argue that the teachings he presents in Ephesians are unusually different from the teachings in his other works. The style of Greek used in the Epistle is also quite different from that of the Prison Epistles. The impersonal nature of Ephesians has also caused some theologians to question whether or not Paul actually wrote the Epistle. The impersonal nature doesn’t seem to be a characteristic of Paul’s writings and with a place that Paul was so familiar with it doesn’t seem appropriate that he would write avoiding individual salutations. In defense of the Apostle’s authorship, we see that members of…
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