Murphy-O’Connor-jail time in Ephesus


For readers of Acts there are three imprisonments of Paul, a brief one at Philippi before the earthquake, a two year imprisonment awaiting trial in Caesarea, and another two- year imprisonment in Rome after he appealed his case to Caesar.

But before either Caesarea or Rome, Paul “boasts” in 2 Corinthians 11:23 of “imprisonments”.  So he must have spent jail time when Acts does not mention it.  The letters to Philippi and Colosse and the personal note to Philemon mention that Paul was in prison when he wrote.  Many have tried to fit them into one of the Acts imprisonments, especially the Roman one.

But Jerome Murphy-O’Connor in Paul: a Critical Life was among those who argue that Paul’s two-year-and-some-months ministry at Ephesus included an imprisonment and that from that imprisonment he wrote Colossians and Philemon and part of Philippians.

Specifically, he believed that Paul spent the summer of 53…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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