We continue to share some photos from the biblical city of Ephesus, the focal point of Paul’s 3rd journey, and one of the seven churches of Asia addressed by the Lord through the Apostle John in the book of Revelation.
When you travel to Turkey in March as my group just did, you take some risk of rain and cold, and we had some of both the first portion of our trip. On the other hand, usually the sites are not as crowded. Ephesus is one of the most frequented sites in Turkey, and can be very crowded at times. Our photo of Curetes Street gives you a good view without throngs of people.
Curetes Street received its name for the inscriptions naming the curetes, that is, the priests, of Artemis. Fountains, monuments, statues and shops would have lined the street. The street itself measured 11 meters wide. In the distance in our photo you can see the Celsus Library.
In yesterday’s post we mentioned how Ephesus was named as the Neokoros, the temple keeper. Ephesus was a center of the Imperial Cult, Caesar worship. Note the inscription below.
In the center of this Grecian inscription in the 3rd line down are the words “Neokoroi” and “Ephesion” (Left click on image for larger view). Sometimes people think if they could have lived back when Jesus was on earth, or in the days of the apostles, it would have been easier then to be faithful to the Lord. The reality is that those who lived in the first century and the years immediately following had some very difficult and challenging times, including the pressure to cave in to the worship of the Imperial Cult.
I mentioned previously there is so much to see at Ephesus. More photos to come!