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Ephesians, Epistle to the
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Ephesians is a theological treatise in epistolary form. Its main theme is the church. There are no references to the congregation addressed, nor are there any actual polemics. The first part (chaps. 1–3) develops the theology. The greeting in 1:1–2 is surprisingly similar to that in Colossians. Vv. 3–14 then praise God (cf. 2 Cor. 1:3–7) for his saving work for believers. Vv. 15–19 contain a thanksgiving to God (cf. 1 Cor. 1:4–9) that reaches a climax with a description of the saving event in vv. 20–23. The sot…

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Lindemann, Andreas, “Ephesians, Epistle to the”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 13 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_E282>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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