By The Rev. John F. Stirling
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T H E EP I STLES OF JO H N All these Epistles, written towards the close of the Apostle's life, are associated with the Ephesian circle of Churches. · 'The Elect Lady' of the Second Epistle is regarded as one of the Churches in the area of Asia: Minor - Pergamum for choice. Gaius ·of the Third Epistle may have been resident in Pergamum, but cannot be identified with any of Paul's friends of the same name. Possibly he was the Gaius whom John is said to hav,e made Bishop of Pergamum. THE E P ISTLE TO THE HEBR EWS Few scholars now include this among the Epistles of Paul.
Its chief glory was a temple to the Emperor, which it had been privileged to build in honour of its loyalty to Rome. Around this temple, and along the shores of the gulf, stretched a well-arranged and beautiful city, guarded by strong fortresses, and busy with the exchange of commerce. Pergarnurn claimed pre:-eminence as the oldest and the 'royal' city of the province; · it was still the political capital of Asia. It had a lofty and imposing situation, adorned with sumptuous buildings, but lay off the main track of the traveller.
An Atlas Illustrating the Acts of the Apostles and the Epistles by The Rev. John F. Stirling