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There is no need to assume that a Roman prison guard would not have known both the circumstances of the city riot, as well as the conditions for which the new prisoners were in stocks. You said, My understanding is that the jailer was likely a pagan Roman with little exposure to the Christian notion of salvation. There is no reason to assume this. ...


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It's important to remember that salvation is not a Christian concept. Nearly all pagan religions (non-Jewish) had some concept of salvation as well. In addition, there is not reason to assume that by "saved" (sozo) he meant eternal salvation, but rather he could have simply meant, "How do I get rescued 'from danger and to restore to a former state of safety ...


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The jailor would have killed himself had Paul not intervened at the very last moment. After the jailor realized that no one had escaped, he wanted to be saved from the burdens of life that had brought him to that point of self-destruction. He wanted to have what Paul and Silas had, that, notwithstanding their chains, beatings and public humiliation, they ...


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Answer: There is no question, historically, and linguistically, that γλῶσσαν and διαλέκτῳ were used consistently to make clear distinctions between Major Language Groups and Language Styles/Dialects, (references below). γλῶσσαν would have been understood, in that time, to denote a major language group. διαλέκτῳ would have been understood, in ...


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May I suggest a slightly different approach? Rather than viewing the passage primarily as an historical record and thus exploring the jailor's original meaning behind his original words, I would suggest viewing this first and foremost as part of the story that Luke is telling and thus exploring Luke's usage of the word "saved" in the book of Acts. This ...



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