Sunday, 30 May 2010

Greater was the Temple of Diana (St.Paul in Ephesus) x2 Parthenon Athens

At x2 or *2 the sise  of the Parthenon in Athens, the Temple of Diana-Artemis in Ephez'us was big!
And the artwork was maginificent! It also contained great-works of art.

St.Paul of the New Testiment (bible) spent some time in Ephesus (2nd largest city of the roman empire) thought he spent longer in Corinth.

"The third journey begins with Galatia (central region of Turkey) possibly in the spring of 54 AD and then Phrygia (Acts 18:23).

Then Paul arrives at Ephesus where he stayed for 3 years (Acts 20:31) probably from the fall of 54 AD to the fall of 57 AD. Paul meets disciples of John the Baptist. He preached in the synagogue for 3 months (Acts 19:8). He disputed daily in the school of Tyrannus for 2 years (Acts 19:9-10) [poss later the library-Celsus], so that all that dwelt in Asia heard the word. Paul sent Timothy and Erastus ahead into Macedonia, but Paul stayed in Asia for a season (Acts 19:22). Paul wrote 1 Corinthians near the end of this stay in Ephesus (1 Corinthians 16:8,19), probably in 57 AD. 

It was not written with Timothy, who Paul had sent ahead into Macedonia (Acts 19:22). Paul foresaw his route of travel for the next four or so years in Acts 19:21-22. This agrees with his plans in 1 Corinthians 16:1, 3, 5, 8-10. Note how the "great door" opened to Paul and "many adversaries" in verse 9 compares with the events in the Ephesian amphitheater in Acts 19:23-41. In 1 Corinthians 3:6, Paul says "Apollos watered". This refers to Apollos teaching in Corinth when Paul was at Ephesus (Acts 19:1).

Paul had rejoined Timothy when Second Corinthians was written (2 Corinthians 1:1). Paul had come to Troas and continued to Macedonia (2 Corinthians 2:12-13 and 7:5), where he was joined by Titus (2 Corinthians 7:6 & 13), which seems to correspond to Acts 20:1. Paul also talks of a third visit to Corinth in 2 Corinthians 13:1 and 12:14. So Second Corinthians was most likely written in the fall of 57 AD from somewhere in Macedonia (northern Greece), possibly at Philippi." - Paul Time.

Grotto of Saint Paul, with later paintings.
According to the apocryphal Acts of St. Paul however, in the Ephesus the furious population 'put St. Paul's feet into irons, and shut him up in the prison, till he should be exposed as a prey to the lions. But Eubola and Artemilla, wives of eminent men among the Ephesians, being his attached disciples, and visiting him by night, desired the grace of the divine-ing washing. [They thought it ment of Diana, but Paul ment Baptism]
And by God's power, with angels to escort them and enlighten the gloom of night [by the moon of Diana] with the excess of the brightness that was in them, St. Paul, loosed from his iron fetters, went to the sea-shore and initiated them into holy baptism, and returning to his bonds without any of those in care of the prison perceiving it, was reserved as a prey for the lions'." [a lunatic! as an escapeee 'slave' he could have sought sanctuary at the Temple of Diana!! Who would have protected him....but St.Paul was unwilling to seek her refuge....This would have defeated his purpose.] - link.

The uswise went to meet the beasts in the heat. But starved animals are week, the bleeding are weeker. A back against the wall in the shade works well! 

perhaps the 'thorn in his flesh' came from this combat? [combat wound]
judgeing by the 'armor-of-god' he chose sword and shield, breast-plate and helm - and girdle belt over trident and net prefered by nubian-africans, but Paul recommened the former.

 Cave of St.Paul.

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