Temple of Artemis

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Comment by Joseph Heider on May 7th, 2009 at 6:37 am


The passage noted in the Temple of Artemis article in the “Christianity and the Temple” section is erroneous. It should be Acts 19 (http://www.gnpcb.org/esv/search/?q=Acts+19) instead of Acts 27. Thanks for your time.



Comment by Glenn Branham on May 12th, 2009 at 8:29 pm

In you article you state: “The assertion that the Ephesians thought their cult image had fallen from the sky, though it was a familiar origin-myth at other sites, is only known at Ephesus from an uncorroborated Christian source, Acts 19:35, which states ‘And when the city clerk had quieted the crowd, he said: Men of Ephesus, what man is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is temple guardian of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Zeus?'”
Wouldn’t that make it an uncorroborated Ephesian source rather than “an uncorroborated Christian source”? True the Book (Acts, Bible)it is found in is Christian, (in itself a well-attested document!)but the fact that the source of the statement was not Christian is obvious.
Glenn Branham

Comment by Dan Fefferman on May 13th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Glenn: Thanks for your feedback. To avoid confusion, I took out the words “an uncorroborated Christian source,” leaving the reader to make his own judgments. I think the reality is that Acts is a Christian source reporting a supposed Ephesian tradition.

Also… thanks for your correction about the biblical reference. — Dan Fefferman

Comment by Dan Fefferman on May 13th, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Oops… Sorry… The correction of the biblical reference was offered by Joseph. Thanks, Joe! — Dan

Comment by William Wilson on January 26th, 2010 at 11:47 pm

This article is erroneous in indicating that this temple was dedicated to the Greek goddess Artemis. While she bears the same name, the goddess this temple was dedicated to was a goddess of fertility. The Greek goddess Artemis is a goddess of the wild, and notably a virgin goddess, one of three in the main greek pantheon.

Comment by B.J. Grimes on February 18th, 2015 at 12:47 pm

Was reading in my The Amplified Bible was curious to know Acts 19:35 and of the sacred stone that fell from the sky,
If that was related to to the black stone of Mecca.I enjoyed reading what you had on this web site. Thank you for all the information you placed in there. That took some time in doing this and research. Again Thank you…Barbara

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