The City Of Ephesus
The city of Ephesus was located at the mouth of the Cayster River which is on the west coast of the western Roman province of Asia. The country of this location is present day Turkey. Ephesus was an important commercial port city being located on the Aegean Sea. Ephesus was the midway point between Miletus, to the south, and Smyrna to the north. This made Ephesus the focal point of a major trade route.
Ephesus was a major population area and the capital of the Roman province of Asia. The city contained a large theater and it has remained until modern times. The theater could seat 24,500 in its audience. It was in this theater that silversmiths led by Demetrius rioted against the Christian mission work of Paul and his companions.
Ephesus was home to a large Jewish population and they had a Synagogue there in the city, where Paul began his missionary work. (Acts 19:8) Some of the Jews hardened their hearts towards the gospel of Jesus so Paul turned to the Gentiles. From Ephesus the gospel spread throughout the Asia province.
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