The letter form that Ephesians is written in presents itself as a prayer as well. The author explains who the Ephesians should consider themselves in God’s eyes, so to speak, “according to the kind intention of His will” (Ephesians 1:5). The author also explains God’s forgiveness for our sins (Ephesians 1:7). The author explains an “inheritance” (Ephesians 1:11). The author knows that the people he is speaking to already have faith in Christ and he gives thanks for that (Ephesians 1:15-16). The author knows that Christ has arisen (Ephesians 1:20). The author knows the importance of Christ (Ephesians 1:23). In summary, Ephesians Chapter 1 speaks of God’s forgiveness, the gift of inheritance, and the thanks the audience should be giving because Christ has arisen and because of his importance in general.
In Chapter 2 of the book of Ephesians, the author says that the audience was “dead” in their “trespasses and sins” meaning now they have the knowledge to do better (Ephesians 2:1). The author goes on to say that God has “made us alive together with Christ” (Ephesians 2:4-5). The author states that God’s mercy is a gift “not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). The audience was previously “far o...
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...rder to fulfill this, one must pray abundantly.
I believe that this disputed epistle does indeed sound like something Paul would write. My reasoning for this is because the author Ephesians talks about similar subjects in Ephesians as does Paul in the undisputed epistles such as thanksgiving and being strong in Christ. Regardless, no one can be certain that they weren’t written by Paul considered he wrote letters catered to each particular audience. Since he was thought, according to Ehrman’s text, to have been in prison at the time of writing the letter. Perhaps that’s why the writing wasn’t exactly how he would have written it due to the stress of his current situation. In addition, perhaps when the scribes copied the letter and what we have is a copy of a copy of a copy, and so on, maybe that’s why the form is not exactly the same as the undisputed epistles.
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