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I would like to add a supporting diagram to the question and answer here. There are reasons for the opposition to the above mentioned conclusions, and they stem from the supposed late date of AD 33 for the crucifixion. However, the natural sequence of Paul's early ministry years places his conversion in late AD 32 which is, of course, before the late date ...


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"When he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me ... I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and remained with him fifteen days ... ... Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. And I was still ...


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αναθεμα comes from two Greek words meaning "to set high" as in off-limits. It came to be used to refer to objects that were set aside for destruction. See Euripides, The Trojan Women


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Part of Paul's intention that we may undervalue, if we view it as somewhat transcendental, is his desire to increase the praise from the earth to God, who admittedly deserves all praise. Paul lists praise to God as one desired result of this offering (2 Corinthians 9:12-13). He contrasts the world's religions with the fact that God deserves eternal praise ...



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