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Introduction to Paper
The passage that I chose to do my exegesis on was Ephesians four verses twentyfive through thirtytwo. This is significant from a practical perspective, It gives us step by practical solutions on how to live as "Children of the light" I have not completed any Greek or Hebrew courses, but am currently enrolled in Greek 1A.
Outline of the book
The following survey of the book of Ehesians is based upon the paragraph breaks contained in the New International Version. For every paragraph there is an entry.
I. Opening (1:1-2)
A. Paul acknowlefhes his authorship (1:1a)
B. Paul acknowledges the saints in Ephesus as the recipients
II. Spiritual Blessings in Christ (1:3-14)
A. God's adoption of the beleiver (1:3-10)
B. The promised inheritance to the beleiver (1:11-14)
III. Thanksgiving and Prayer (1:15-23)
IV. Made Alive in Christ (2:1-9)
V. One in Christ (2:11-22)
A. The Ephesians unworthiness and God's grace (2:11-13)
B. The peace of God (2:14-18)
C. Church oneness as the temple of God (2:19-22)
VI. Preacher to the Gentiles (3:1-13)
A. Paul as a prisoner of Christ (3:1)
B. The Mystery of Christ (3:2-6)
C. Paul's defense of his calliing (3:7-13)
VII. A Prayer for the Ehesians (3:14-21)
VIII. Unity in the Body of Christ
A. Admonision to live worthy of God's calling (4:1-6)
B. Quotation and explanation of Psalms 68:18 (4:7-13)
C. Spiritual maturity (4:14-16)
IX. Living as Children of the Light (4:17-5:21)
A. Be imatators of God (5:1-2)
B. A call to holiness (5:3-7)
C. Christ light in contrast to Satan's darkness (5:15-21)
X. Wives and Husbands (5:22-33)
A. Wives (5:22-24)
B. Husbands (5:25-33)
XI. Children and Parents (6:1-4)
XII. Slaves and Masters (6:5-8)
A. Slaves (6:5-8)
B. Masters (6:9)
XIII. The Armor of God (6:10-18)
XIV. Request for Prayer (6:19-20)
XV. Final Greetings (6:21-23)
A. The sentding of Tychius (6:21-22)
B. Closing Words
Introduciton to the Book
The followiong introduction to the book of Ephesians is based on five areas of discision: authorship, destination, origin, date and purpose.
The majority of Biblical Scholars hold fast to the traditional veiw of Pauline authorship. IN the last century however there has been an uprise in scholrs who believe that Paul did not write Ehesians. This introduction first establish Pauline authorship through primary and secondary resources. Then it will present the arguments against Pauline authorship in order that the traditional veiw might be even more firmly establish through the destrustion of the oppositions view.
The primary source for the scolastic belief of Pauline authorship is the Bible itself. The opening statement of Ehesians points out the all too obvios Pauline authorship with the word "Paul" This Pauline self claim is carried throughout the entirety of the book in the form of first person statments. Verses fifteen and sixteen idicate Paul's personal involvment in the writing Ehesians by stateing "I (Paul) also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, Do not cease to give thanks for you" (The word "Paul" is added by the author for emphisis). In verse one of chapter three he describes himself, "I, Paul" as a prisoner of Christ Jesus for the Ehesisans. In verse three of the same chapter Paul uses the pronoun "me" to write of a "mystery" that was personally revealed to him (Guthrie 479). In verse seven of the same chapter he talks about his own call into the ministry. "Of which I became a minister according to the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power" (Ehp. 3:7). In verse thirteen Paul "exhorts readers not to lose heart over his sufferings. (Guthrie 479). In verse fourteen of chapter three he personally humbles himself in adoration by staing "I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." The personal pronoun "I" in chapter five verse thirty two and the closing paragraph of this epistle both point again to Pauline authorship.
While it's self claims tend to be the most convincing of the primary arguments for Pauline authorship. There are also other ways to conclude Pauline authorship through examination of the primary source. The literary structure of Ephesians' for example, is unmistakingly Pauline in that it follows the same basic literary pattern as all Pauline epiistles. It begins with an "opening greeting" and then moves on to "thanks giving"'(Guthrie 480) After the "opening greeting" and the "thanksgiving" comes the meat and potatoes of the epistle
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