Monday, November 22, 2010
The museum is in Selcuk and is small but it packs a big punch because of this lady. These are not the ones of St Paul's day, those have been destroyed but they are second century copies. There are 2 of them, one with the tall head dress, supposedly, she's the real deal, the other has a shorter head gear. Both features lots of oval shaped ornaments about them, some say they are eggs, others say they are breasts. It just shows that men have always been enamored about a woman's breasts. Artemis, the fertility goddess has lots of breasts. What fertility god, its just a nice way of saying she's the god of sex. Men are still fascinated by a woman's breasts.
Acts 19:28 'Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!' There was a riot in Ephesus, St Paul spent over 2 years there and made many converts to Christianity. These new Christians stopped buying the little models of Artemis made by the silversmiths.The silversmiths incited the people to riot. The people had already seized Paul's traveling companions and Paul wanted to appeal to the mob by appearing in the theater, which theater? The big one we visited? Maybe. The crowds spent two hours just chanting and shouting, 'Great is Artemis of the Ephesians'. When the uproar ended, Paul sent for the disciples and after encouraging them, said goodbye and set out for Macedonia.... Acts 20:1.
Sir William Ramsay, an archaeologist spent considerable time in Turkey, excavating biblical sites and wrote about 'the reliability of the New Testament.'