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Bibil Identifier bibil:227159
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Artemis of Ephesus
Author Hooker, Morna D.
Journal The Journal of Theological Studies (Volume: 64, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 37-46 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Paul’s reference in 1 Cor. 15:32 to fighting with wild beasts has long been a puzzle. Since a literal interpretation seems impossible, various explanations of the metaphor have been sought, but none is satisfactory. One possible explanation links it to the riot in Ephesus recorded in Acts 19:28–41—but according to Luke, Paul himself was not present. Yet that incident reminds us that Paul’s gospel was regarded by the Ephesians as an attack on the goddess Artemis, and her association with wild animals may explain why Paul’s lengthy struggle to win the hearts and minds of her worshippers could be described by Paul as ‘fighting with wild animals’.
DOI 10.1093/jts/fls174
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Religion : Artemis
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Devices and Figures : Metaphor
Pericopes 1 Corinthians 15,32
Acts of the Apostles 19,28-19,40
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