A Week in the Life of Ephesus
A Week in the Life of Ephesus
  • Length: 208 pages
  • Published: June 09, 2020
  •  Forthcoming
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-2485-4
  • Item Code: 2485
  • Case Quantity: 48

As the city of Ephesus prepares for a religious festival in honor of the emperor Domitian, a Christian landowner feels increasing pressure from the city's leaders to participate. Can he perform his civic duties and remain faithful to his Lord? Or has the time come for a costly choice?

In this historical novel, biblical scholar David deSilva brings to life such compelling struggles faced by the early Christians. Their insistence on the absolute lordship of their own singular deity brought them into conflict not only with the myriad religious cults of the day, but with all the crushing power of the empire itself. Meticulously researched and supplemented by historical images and explanatory sidebars, A Week in the Life of Ephesus poses anew the timeless question of Christianity and empire. Here is a vividly imaginative portrait of the Roman empire in all its beauty and might—and hanging over it, the looming sky of apocalypse.


1 New Year's Day (1 Kaisaros, 9 Kalends October)
Scene 1: The Divine Artemis Sends Birthday Wishes
Musical Instruments in the Roman Period
Roman Asia's Calendar
Scene 2: A Symposium in the Prytaneion
The Title Neōkoros
2 Roman Piety, Roman Peace (2 Kaisaros, 8 Kalends October)
Scene 1: In Serapion's Town House
Scene 2: The Harbor of Ephesus
Titus Flavius Zeuxis
The Jewish Community of Ephesus
Scene 3: The City Fathers Convene
The Third Horseman and Domitians Edict
The Staff of the Imperial Cult
3 In the Shadow of the Gods (3 Kaisaros, 7 Kalends October)
Scene 1: Asia's Shared Temple of the Augusti in Ephesus
Civic Pride and Imperial Cult
Scene 2: In the Shade of the Basilica Stoa
Scene 3: In the Merchants' Quarter
Aelius Aristides on the Roman Imperial Economy
4 The Lord's Day (4 Kaisaros, 6 Kalends October)
Scene 1: Morning Orisons
Christian Worship at the Turn of the First Century
Scene 2: In the Great Theater
Imperial Cult in the Games of Neapolis
Scene 3: The Assembly in Amyntas's House
The Varieties of Christianity in Ephesus
5 The Crucible of Faith (5 Kaisaros, 5 Kalends October)
Scene 1: In Serapion's Town House
Scene 2: In the Gymnasium
Scene 3: Prochorus Arrives
Johns Removal to Patmos
6 The Day of Decision (6 Kaisaros, 4 Kalends October)
Scene 1: The View from Above
Domitian's Diminished Popularity and Ephesus's Flavian Temple
Scene 2: In the Council Chamber
The Fiscus Iudaicus and the "Synagogue of Satan"
7 The Day After (7 Kaisaros, 3 Kalends October)
Scene 1: Business as Usual
Scene 2: A Grace Defaced
For Further Study

David A. deSilva

David A. deSilva (PhD, Emory University) is Trustees' Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. He is the author of over twenty-five books including Day of Atonement: A Novel of the Maccabean RevoltUnholy Allegiances: Heeding Revelation's WarningThe Jewish Teachers of Jesus, James, and JudeIntroducing the Apocrypha: Context, Message and Significance; and Perseverance in Gratitude: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on the Epistle "to the Hebrews." He is also an ordained elder in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church.

BY David A. deSilva

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