Ephesus, where Timothy led a growing church, was the centre of the pagan cult of Diana (also known as Artemis). The magnificent temple in Ephesus was one of the ‘seven wonders of the world’ containing an ebony statue of the goddess. It was a culture in which women strove for dominance, and where some behaviours forbidden in God’s Law were considered normal. The church, however, needed to reflect the character of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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