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My thesis is based on Paul's comment in Colossians 2:8 and 2:20-23; "See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. τὰ στοιχεῖα τοῦ κόσμου A person who has abused alcohol for years and goes to AA and with ...


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First, in the KJV it does not say "so-called" but simply says "For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth...." To me it seems in verse 4 Paul condemns idols as nothing. Then in verses 5 & 6 it seems like he's saying "And even if there are other gods that do exist, there is only one God for us." This seems consistent with his ...


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OP's interest in quantifying Paul's (or, if you like, the NT's Pauline tradition) most frequently used designations for "Christians" makes for a challenging question, and one that would take a long time to deal with definitively. Here is my best shot. Methodology: I have tabulated the figures for the thirteen NT letters in the "Pauline tradition", using the ...



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