In today’s episode, Justin and Stephen introduce the guiding themes for this season: truth, beauty, wisdom, and goodness. Then, in today’s second installment of this three part series, Justin discusses the Roman Imperial context in the 1st Century and considers how it matters for understanding the book of Ephesians.

In particular, he introduces Roman treason laws, espionage, and imperial cults as important elements of context. Justin also wrestles with how Pauline or non-Pauline authorship impacts the Empire’s influence on the first readers of Ephesians.

Justin and Stephen also talk about coffee and their highlights, lowlights, and insights for the week.

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Credits: Regular Theme Music “A New Hope” by MeGustaMusic.

This episode was partially recorded on the land of the Wahpekute, Anishinabewaki, and the Očeti Šakówiŋ (Sioux).

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