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T H E EP I STLES OF JO H N All these Epistles, written towards the close of the Apostle's life, are associated with the Ephesian circle of Churches. · 'The Elect Lady' of the Second Epistle is regarded as one of the Churches in the area of Asia: Minor - Pergamum for choice. Gaius ·of the Third Epistle may have been resident in Pergamum, but cannot be identified with any of Paul's friends of the same name. Possibly he was the Gaius whom John is said to hav,e made Bishop of Pergamum. THE E P ISTLE TO THE HEBR EWS Few scholars now include this among the Epistles of Paul.
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It is a mistake to suppose that the letters to the Seven Churches of Asia were written only for the individual Churches named. Doubtless these Churches were the heads or representatives of districts. THE SEVEN CHURC H ES OF ASIA Ephesus - See page 16. Smyrna possessed trading advantages almost equal to those of Ephesus. Its chief glory was a temple to the Emperor, which it had been privileged to build in honour of its loyalty to Rome. Around this temple, and along the shores of the gulf, stretched a well-arranged and beautiful city, guarded by strong fortresses, and busy with the exchange of commerce.