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The many references to famine are true but one thing which seems odd is the slowness of response. Famine relief needs to be fast yet this collection takes a long time and Paul is revisiting churches and waiting at least one winter while organising it and moving the silver(?) with a group of men. I would suggest that this is as much about sharing capital as ...


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Scripture also says we must be holy, both in the new and old testaments. There's a whole list in Lev. 20. God is very specific. Holiness in this chapter means to abstain from immorality (which are sins against the body) and eating clean and unclean, which modern day Christianity rejects as legalism...and this is only one section. Holiness means to observe ...


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The passage does not tell us why the certain men were sent to Antioch, but suggests that Peter was concerned not to be judged by James for his conduct while in Antioch. This can lead to the conclusion that James was more senior in the Jerusalem church than was Peter, but that need not have been the case. I have always read this aroundthe word 'hyprocrisy' ...



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