Epistle to the Ephesians


Ephesians (Ĭfē´zhənz), letter of the New Testament, written, according to tradition, by St. Paul to the Christians of Ephesus from his captivity at Rome (c.AD 60). There is ground for believing that the letter was intended as an encyclical. By virtue of the resurrection the writer claims that God has made Jesus supreme over all power and authority; he is made effective through the church, which is his body. The letter states that existing enmity between Jew and Gentile has been broken down in the church, thus creating a new humanity, which is exhorted to live worthily of the calling to manifest the glory of God in the world. The letter concludes with the extended metaphor of the Christian as soldier. Many scholars argue that Ephesians is pseudonymous. It speaks of being raised with Jesus as present experience, in language not found in the undisputed Pauline letters. The conventional morality of the so-called household code in chapters 5 and 6 has no parallel in the undisputed Pauline letters.

See A. T. Lincoln, Ephesians (1990); R. P. Martin, Ephesians, Colossians, & Philemon (1992).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

Epistle to the Ephesians: Selected full-text books and articles

Ephesians By Martin Kitchen Routledge, 1994
The Eerdmans Companion to the Bible By Gordon D. Fee; Robert L. Hubbard Jr William B. Eerdmans, 2011
Putting off the Old Man and Putting on the New: Ephesians 4:22-24 in Chaucer, Shakespeare, Swift, and Dostoevsky By Delasanta, Rodney Christianity and Literature, Vol. 51, No. 3, Spring 2002
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When the Walls Come Tumbling Down: Ephesians 2:11-22 By Shurden, Walter B Baptist History and Heritage, Vol. 40, No. 2, Spring 2005
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