New Testament

Paul’s Letters

How did Paul and his followers negatively affect an ancient form of souvenir sales in Ephesus?

Ephesus was famous for its temple to Artemis (also known as Diana), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In the book of Acts, Luke told of an incident regarding Paul and the artisans who made little silver models of the shrine to sell. Demetrius, one of the artisans, rallied his colleagues to protest the work of Paul and his companions. While they were in Ephesus, Paul and his companions converted many people to Christianity. More Christians meant fewer Artemis worshipers. That meant fewer people were buying the silver models of the shrine. The artisans’ protest became heated, but a riot was avoided. (Acts 19:23–41)


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