The New Testament

A Historical and Theological Introduction

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32. Ephesians

Questions for Research and Discussion

  1. What are the reasons why scholars tend to believe that Ephesians borrowed from Colossians? What do you think of these arguments?
  2. Discuss in some detail the arguments presented in the chapter against the Pauline authorship for Ephesians.
  3. How is the relationship between Jews and Gentiles presented in Ephesians? Outline the argument of Ephesians 2:11–22 in detail.
  4. What ethical demands are made in the second half of Ephesians? How is this second section of the book related to the first?
  5. Evaluate some of the people presented in the chapter as possible authors of Ephesians. Do any of these candidates stand out as more probable than the others to you? If so, why?