In this book, Paul Treblico seeks to discuss all the evidence for the life of the early Christians in Ephesus from Paul to Ignatius. seen in the context of our knowledge of the city as a whole.
Drawing on Paul's letters and the Acts of the Apostles, Treblico discusses the beginnings of the life of the early Christians in Ephesus, both before the Pauline mission and during that mission. He then shows that in the period from around 80 to 100 CE there were a number of different groups in Ephesus who regarded themselves as Christians--- the Pauline, Johannine, Nicolaitans, and others--- testifying to the diversity of this time and place.
Treblico also argues that the Pauline and Johannine groups were distinct and separate communities. He proves his theory with an examination of several themes relating to these sets, including their attitude to the wider world, their material possessions, their leadership structure, and so on.
Including further discussions on the Ephesus addresses of John the Seer in Revelation and Ignatius, this book is a through and scholarly exploration of the early Ephesian Christians and their community.