A Week in the Life of Ephesus (DeSilva)

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DeSilva, David. A Week in the Life of Ephesus. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsityPress, 2020.

This short novella illustrates the joys (and perhaps fatal) challenges early Christians would have faced in the sorcerous and demonic city of Ephesus in the first-century. It’s more than a novella, though. David DeSilva sprinkles photographs (from his work in Turkey) and New Testament background throughout. In fact, if you want to know what life was like in Asia Minor in 90 AD, read this book.

The persecution the Christians faced wasn’t simply Nero’s “throw them to the lions.” It was more subtle. It was closer to a United Nations regulation. Can your faith accommodate different allegiances? How far can you accommodate?

The echoes in Revelation are unmistakable. DeSilva holds to a late date for Revelation, but doesn’t make a big deal for it. There are some fun “arcs” that catch the reader by surprise, though you should be able to see it coming. In fact, DeSilva deliberately doesn’t make it explicit.
 
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