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Another project I've been working on lately has been reimagining the "Armor of God" imagery from Ephesians 6. My intention was to bring some of the colorful, diverse, and beautiful armor and style from the Ancient Greek world to bear on the kinds of armor that might actually be representative of the region of Ephesus (being the western Turkish coast). I pulled most of the more stylistic choices from Phrygian and Thracian (a bit north of Ephesus really) in order to give something other than "generic Roman" or even "medieval knight" when you look for an image to illustrate this much used text.

Below are my references and sources for some of the pieces:

Belt of Truth - τὴν ὀσφὺν ὑμῶν ἐν ἀληθείᾳ - 
Phrygian Belt Fragment (MET):…

Breastplate of Righteousness - τὸν θώρακα τῆς δικαιοσύνης - 
Typical Bronze Cuirass (MET):…

Shoes of readiness of gospel of Peace - τοὺς πόδας ἐν ἑτοιμασίᾳ τοῦ εὐαγγελίου τῆς εἰρήνης 
Gorgon Greaves (British Museum):…

Shield of Faith - τὸν θυρεὸν τῆς πίστεως - 
Thyreos, a large oblong shield used by Thracian and Asians. This is based of a Thracian design found on this model:…

Helmet of Salvation - περικεφαλαίαν τοῦ σωτηρίου - 
Phrygian Winged Bronze Helmet (Christie’s Auction):…/a-ph…

Sword of the Spirit - τὴν μάχαιραν τοῦ πνεύματος - 
Based off a Greek Kopis (the Machairan probably wasn’t curved, this was an artistic choice that still fits the bill and offers something widely used then and cooler looking than a plain straight sword).

Please feel free to use this in any ministry capacity, I would hope someone out there would find this useful. And let me know what you think!

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