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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Angels of the Seven Churches
Angels of the Seven Churches (ἄγγελοι τῶν ἑπτὰ ἐκκλησιῶν, angeloi tōn hepta ekklēsiōn). The meaning ascribed to the seven stars of Rev 1:20 and recipients of the seven messages in Rev 2–3.
Ephesus
Ephesus (Ἔφεσος, Ephesos). On the west coast of Asia Minor. Made the capital of the Roman province of Asia Minor by Augustus (27 bcad 14). Ephesus is the setting for Acts 19. Paul taught daily there for two years (Acts 19:9). The elders from Ephesus came to see Paul on his last journey to Jerusalem
Ephesus, Archaeology
Ephesus, Archaeology of Reviews the archaeology of the site of Ephesus, a city on the west coast of Asia Minor.
Seven Churches
Seven Churches Congregations to whom John is instructed to write in Revelation 2–3; located in seven cities of western Asia Minor: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.At the start of John’s vision in Revelation, he is told to write letters to these churches—or, more
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Angels of the Seven Churches
ANGELS OF THE SEVEN CHURCHES (Gk aggeloi tōn hepta ekklēsiōn (ἀγγελοι των ἑπτα ἑκκλησιων)). This expression is found only in Rev 1:20 in the preparatory vision of the risen Lord (1:9–20). Here the angels of the seven churches are equated with the seven stars in the Lord’s right hand (cf. 1:16).
Seven Churches
SEVEN CHURCHES [Gk hai hepta ekklēsiai (αἱ ἑπτα ἑκκλησιαι)]. The seven churches are those in seven cities of the Roman province of proconsular Asia on the west central coast of Asia Minor. They are the addressees of Revelation (1:4, 11, 20), and individual letters are addressed to each of them in
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Ephesus
Ephesus. Most important city of the Roman province of Asia, located on the western shore of Asia Minor (modern Turkey). Ephesus was built on a natural harbor whose waves, according to the Roman writer Pliny the Elder, “used to wash up to the temple of Diana.” Ephesus was described by Strabo, an early
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Angels of the Seven Churches
Angels of the Seven Churches It is evident from the contexts of the various biblical passages in which the word “angel” appears that the word does not always represent the same idea. In such passages as Dnl. 12:1 and Acts 12:15 it would seem that the angel was generally regarded as a superhuman being
Ephesus
Ephesus efʹə-səs [Gk. Ephesos—‘desirable’]. An important seaport city of the Roman province of Asia. In the NT it is mentioned in Acts 18:19–28; 19:1, 17–20; 20:16f.; 1 Cor. 15:32; 16:8; 1 Tim. 1:3; 2 Tim. 1:18; 4:12; Rev. 1:11; 2:1. Since some of the earliest MSS omit Gk. en Ephesō̧ (“at Ephesus”)
Seven Churches
Seven Churches [Gk. hai heptá ekklēsíai] (Rev. 1:4, 11, 20). The seven churches of Asia to which the book of Revelation is addressed, located in the cities of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea (1:11). Individual letters are addressed to these churches in chs 2–3.
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Ephesus
EPHESUS Most important city of the Roman province of Asia, located on the western shore of Asia Minor (modern Turkey). Ephesus was built on a natural harbor whose waves, according to the Roman writer Pliny the Elder, “used to wash up to the temple of Diana.” Ephesus was described by Strabo, an early
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Ephesus
Ephesusa port city of western Asia Minor at the mouth of the Cayster River, Ephesus (ef´uh-suhs) lay between Smyrna and Miletus. Although the area had a primitive shrine to the Anatolian mother goddess, was visited by Mycenaeans, and was peopled by Carians and Lelegians, it was first colonized by Ionian
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Angels of the Seven Churches
ANGELS OF THE SEVEN CHURCHES. Rev 2–3 contains a series of letters addressed to the “angels” of the churches at Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea—all in Asia Minor. The letters contain words of praise, censure, and exhortation, with attendant warning in the event
Ephesus
A view down one of the marble-paved streets of Ephesus, with the silted-in harbor visible in the distance between the first two columns on the right. HFVEPHESUS. The capital of the Roman province of Asia, located at the mouth of the Cayster River on the W coast of Asia Minor. Because of its fine harbor
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Angels of the Churches
ANGELS OF THE CHURCHES. The ‘seven stars’ of the Patmos vision are explained as referring to ‘the angels (angeloi) of the seven churches’ (Rev. 1:20), to whom the letters of Rev. 2 and 3 are then addressed. The ‘angel’ concept is problematic. It is often taken either of guardian angels or of human leaders
Ephesus
EPHESUS. The most important city in the Roman province of Asia, on the W coast of what is now Asiatic Turkey. It was situated at the mouth of the Caÿster River between the mountain range of Coressus and the sea. A magnificent road 11 m wide and lined with columns ran down through the city to the fine
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Ephesus
Ephesus (Gk. Éphesos)An early Greek colony in southwestern Ionia on the coast of Asia Minor and a member of the 12-city Ionian league (Strabo Geog. 8.7.1). According to legend Ephesus was founded (ca. 900 b.c.e.) by Androclus, son of Codrus, king of Athens (Strabo 14.1.3; Pausanias Descr. Gr. 7.2.7).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Ephesus
Ephesus [ĕfˊə səs] (Gk. Ephesos).† A seaport in the Roman province of Asia, about 5.5 km. (3.5 mi.) south of the Caÿster river, opposite the island of Samos.
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Ephesus
EphesusThe city of Ephesus was situated on the west coast of Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) at the mouth of the Cayster River. This thriving harbor city ranked with Rome, Alexandria and Syrian Antioch as one of the greatest cities of the Roman Empire. The apostle Paul spent nearly three years of his
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Ephesus
EPHESUS The chief city and seaport and capital of the Roman province of Asia in western Asia Minor (modern Turkey) during the period of the New Testament. Ephesus was situated at the mouth of the Caÿster on the Aegean Sea. Occupied by the Ionians around 1100 b.c., it passed into Roman hands in 133 b.c.
Seven Churches
SEVEN CHURCHES Seven Christian communities in seven cities of Asia Minor: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. The churches are addressed in Rev 1:4, 11, 20, and individual letters are sent to them in Rev 2–3. All seven churches were geographically in the region that
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