Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia by Sir William Ramsay

Today’s free book is Sir William Ramsay’s classic study of the letters to the seven churches of Asia in the book of Revelation. Ramsay examines the historical context of each of the cities and applies this to the interpretation of the letters.

My thanks to Book Aid for providing a copy of this public domain title for digitisation.

William M. Ramsay [1851-1939], The Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia and Their Place in the Plan of the Apocalypse. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1940. Hbk. pp.446. [Click here to visit the download page for each title]

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  1. Writing, Travel, and Letters among the Early Christians
  2. Transmission of Letters in the First Century
  3. The Christian Letters and Their Tranmission
  4. The Letters to the Seven Churches
  5. Relation of the Christian Books to Contemporary Thought and Literature
  6. The Symbolism of the Sevwn Letters
  7. Authority of the Writer of the Seven Letters
  8. The Education of St. John at Patmos
  9. The Flavian Persecution in the Province of Asia as Depicted in the Apocalypse
  10. The Province of Asia and the Imperial Relgion
  11. The Cities of Asia as Meeting-places of the Greek and Asiatic Spirit
  12. The Jews in the Asian Cities
  13. The Pagan Converts in the Early Church
  14. The Seven Churches of Asia
  15. Origin of the Seven Representative Cities
  16. Plan and Order of Topics in the Seven Lettes
  17. Ephesus: The City of Change
  18. The Letter to the Church in Ephesus
  19. Smyrna: The City of Life
  20. The Letter tro the Church in Smyrna
  21. PergamumL The Royal City: The City of Authority
  22. The Letter to the CHurch in Pergamum
  23. Thyatira: Weakness made Strong
  24. The Letter to the Church in Thyatira
  25. Sardis: The City of Death
  26. The LEtter to the Church in Sardis
  27. Philadelphia: The Missionary City
  28. The Letter to the Church in Philadelphia
  29. Laodicea: The City of Compromise
  30. The Letter to the Church of Loadicea
  31. Epilogue
  • Notes

Main image: The angels standing guard to the seven churches of Asia. Source: Wikipedia.


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