Chapter

The Issues

Paul B. Duff

in Who Rides the Beast?

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780195138351
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834150 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019513835X.003.0003
 The Issues

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An examination of the seven letters to the churches shows that most of the subjects raised (and certainly the most pressing ones) are internal, intra‐Christian issues. There is little evidence of Roman hostility. The internal issues seem to be focused in three of the churches that have split into factions, the churches at Ephesus, Pergamum, and Thyatira. The issues that contributed to the creation of factions include wealth, poverty, ɛιδωλόθυτα (food sacrificed to idols)σ and πορνɛία (fornication).

Keywords: πορνɛία; ɛιδωλόθυτα; Ephesus; factions; intra‐Christian issues; Pergamum; poverty; Roman hostility; Thyatira; wealth

Chapter.  7038 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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