No small stir (taraco ouk oligo). Same phrase in 1 Corinthians 12:18 and nowhere else in the N.T. Litotes. Concerning the Way (peri th odou). See this phrase for Christianity in 1 Corinthians 9:2 ; 1 Corinthians 19:9 ; 1 Corinthians 24:22 which see, like the "Jesus Way" of the Indians. There had already been opposition and "stir" before this stage (c 1 Corinthians 19:11-20 ). The fight with wild beasts in 1 Corinthians 15:32 (whatever it was) was before that Epistle was written and so before this new uproar. Paul as a Roman citizen could not be thrown to wild beasts, but he so pictured the violent opponents of Christ in Ephesus.