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Acts 19:34


But when they recognized 1  that he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison, 2  “Great is Artemis 3  of the Ephesians!” for about two hours. 4 


1Ki 18:26; Mt 6:7; Ac 16:20; Ac 19:26; Ac 19:28; Ro 2:22; Re 13:4

NET © Notes

tn Grk “But recognizing.” The participle ἐπιγνόντες (epignonte") has been translated as a finite verb due to requirements of contemporary English style.

tn Grk “[they shouted] with one voice from all of them” (an idiom).

sn Artemis was a Greek goddess worshiped particularly in Asia Minor, whose temple, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, was located just outside the city of Ephesus, 1.25 mi (2 km) northeast of the Grand Theater. Dimensions were 418 ft by 239 ft (125 m by 72 m) for the platform; the temple proper was 377 ft by 180 ft (113 m by 54 m). The roof was supported by 117 columns, each 60 ft (18 m) high by 6 ft (1.8 m) in diameter. The Emperor Justinian of Byzantium later took these columns for use in construction of the Hagia Sophia, where they still exist (in modern day Istanbul).

sn They all shouted…for about two hours. The extent of the tumult shows the racial and social tensions of a cosmopolitan city like Ephesus, indicating what the Christians in such locations had to face.

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