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Perhaps a slight (grammatically sound) rearranging of the phrase might help clarify: let the outworking of your salvation be with fear and trembling, A few clues from the context tell us this phrasing (and hence meaning) are correct: "Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed.." Paul was directing this letter to those who had "always ...


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As stated above, it would have been impossible for Paul, writing in the first half of the first century, to quote the Talmud. Everett Ferguson says in Backgrounds of Early Christianity, p462 that the Talmud consists of commentary on the Mishnah, which itself was largely written by Rabbi Judah the Patriarch (or Prince) at the end of the second century. ...


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This web site has a couple of interesting interpretations, one of which I had heard previously. They quote Kenneth Samuel Wuest (1893-1962): “In Bible times an oriental needed to keep his hearth fire going all the time in order to insure fire for cooking and warmth. If it went out, he had to go to a neighbour for some live coals of fire. These ...



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