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Title: Artemis and Asiarchs
Subtitle: Some Remarks on Ephesian Local Colour in Acts 19
Author(s): WITETSCHEK, Stephan
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 90    Issue: 3   Date: 2009   
Pages: 334-355
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.90.3.3188913

Abstract :
Luke’s account about Paul’s stay in Ephesos (Acts 19) is well known for its strong local colour, two elements of which are studied in this contribution: the asiarchs (19,31) and the title νεωκόρος (temple-warden) for Ephesos (19,35). The appearance of asiarchs in Acts questions the view that the asiarchs were the high-priests of the provincial imperial cult. Acts 19,35 contributes to the discussion about city-titles in the 1st-3rd centuries CE. In both instances, Acts is a source not so much for the narrated time of Paul, but rather for Luke’s own time, and as such of interest for both exegetes and historians.

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