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Course: BIBL LIT 104New Testament Bible Dictionary Project:Ephesians:The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians is the 10th book of the New Testament. Its name is often shortened to Ephesians, and its literary genre is an Epistle meaning letter. The authorship of Ephesians is credited to Paul, and he wrote the letter while imprisoned in Rome about 62 A.D. Several scholars believe Ephesians was a circular letter sent to all of the surrounding churches because it focuses on issues of the church as a whole and not a specific problem at Ephesus (). Paul’s favorite themes include human sinfulness and the gospel of grace (Ephesians 2:1-10, KJV) and the unity of Gentiles and Jews in Christ (2:11-22, KJV). The main theme of Ephesiansis “the Church, the Body of Christ” (). Key characters in the book of Ephesians are Paul the Apostle and Tychicus, a fellow-worker with Paul and bearer of the epistle to the Ephesians (). Ephesians is direct teaching that contains 6 chapters and 155 verses. The Epistle was written with the intention of getting Christians to grow in unity and love with one another. Paul tells believers about their wonderful blessings as members of the church or "the body of Christ" in thefirst three chapters. In the last three chapters, his writing shows believers how to live (George, 2006).