The Rest is Commentary: “Paul’s” “Letter” to “the Ephesians” (Ephesians 1:1-2)

A Letter (which is really more of a circular) (or maybe, a sermon manuscript). (It doesn’t address direct community problems–it’s more a declaration of devotion, a celebration of divine action).

of the Apostle Paul (which is more in the style of the Apostle Paul, written in his name by a devoted follower, or friendly student, or big fan). (Maybe even first Pauline scholar, in order to introduce Paul’s theology and praxis to the third generation of the church.) (I mean, maybe, it is by the Apostle Paul but his style totally changed as did his theology and he wrote it right before he died, but probably not). (Like, it’s disputable, debatable, unprovable.)

to the Ephesians (but only because on one early manuscript someone wrote in “to the church in Ephesus); (it messes up the grammar and people have written pages about Saints and Faithful without a physical place to break up the phrase). (Also, Marcion the heretic thought the letter was to the Laodiceans); (other early church leaders were like, “yeah, okay, ‘Ephesians,’ right.”)

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