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Ephesians proclaims the unity of all people and the universe in Jesus Christ, and describes the church as a body and a building with the apostles and prophets as a foundation (2:20). It also proposes the relationship of Christ to the church as a model for marriage relationships. Later, the proponents of Gnosticism used the symbolic and spiritual aspect of the church's relationship to Christ for their own teachings, and the Fathers of the Church emphasized the apostolic foundations of the church.
Anthony J Saldarini
C E Arnold, Ephesians (1989); M Barth, ed., Ephesians (1974).
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