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Tim grew up in that cosmopolitan area, a crazy melting pot of cultures. His dad was Greek so outwardly he wasn't a Jew..(er..not snipped)....but thankfully his mum and gran loved God and brought him up in the truth so inwardly he was circumcised and he believed the gospel when he heard Paul preach it.(liz)
Alot of the locals were into Artemis and sex with temple prostitutes was big business.
the capital of the Roman province of AsiaBuildings. --Conspicuous at the head of the harbor of Ephesus was the great temple of Diana or Artemis, raised on immense substructions, in consequence of the swampy nature of the ground. The magnificence of this sanctuary was a proverb throughout the civilized world.Another consequence of the celebrity of Diana's worship at Ephesus was that a large manufactory grew up there of portable shrines, which strangers purchased, and devotees carried with them on journeys or set up in the houses. The theatre , into which the mob who had seized on Paul, (Acts 19:29) rushed, was capable of holding 25,000 or 30,000 persons, and was the largest ever built by the Greeks. The stadium or circus, 685 feet long by 200 wide, where the Ephesians held their shows, is probably referred to by Paul as the place where he "fought with beasts at Ephesus." (1 Corinthians 15:32) Present condition --The whole place is now utterly desolate, with the exception of the small Turkish village at Ayasaluk . The ruins are of vast extent.http://topicalbible.org/e/ephesus.htm