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The Apostle Paul is one of the founders of organized Christianity, and the author of several "letters" now found in the New Testament.

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What exactly were the formal charges against Paul?

Acts 25:27 For I [Festus] think it is unreasonable to send a prisoner on to Rome without specifying the charges against him [Paul]." What was the nature of these charges? Religious? Seditious? ...
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Are “praying in a tongue”, “praying with one's spirit” and “praying in the (Holy) Spirit” interchangeable expressions?

Jude 1:20 (NIV): 20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, Ephesians 6:18 (NIV): 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with ...
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In Romans 8:3, what is the extent of the likeness in “in the likeness of sinful flesh”?

[Rom 8:3 NKJV] (3) For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God [did] by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the ...
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Is Paul contradicting himself about the observance of special days in Romans 14:5-6 and Galatians 4:8-11?

On the one hand, Paul seems to support both the observance and non-observance of special days as equally valid options in Romans 14:5-6 (NIV): 5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; ...
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What does 'for' mean in 1 Corinthians 15:3?

1 Corinthians 15:3 ...that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures (ESV) Some possibilities I can think of: 'directly because of': we sinned by putting him to death. 'indirectly ...
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What was Paul trying to teach in Romans 14:5-6 when he talked about “special days” and “considering one day more sacred than another”?

Romans 14:5-6 (NIV) says: 5 One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. 6 Whoever regards one ...
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Is the Sabbath part of the “special days and months and seasons and years” Paul is referring to in Galatians 4:10?

Galatians 4:8-11 (NIV) says: 8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are ...
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Does Isaiah 56 mean gentile christians have to keep sabbath?

Isaiah 56:6 (NET): As for foreigners who become followers of the Lord and serve him, who love the name of the Lord and want to be his servants — all who observe the Sabbath and do not defile it, and ...
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What is the “rest” referred to at Hebrews 4:9-11, and how does one “enter into that rest”?

Hebrews 4:9-11 NET Consequently, a Sabbath rest remains for the people of God. 10 For the one who enters God’s[a] rest has also rested from his works, just as God did from his own works. 11 Thus we ...
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Why in Ephesians 1:15 is Paul saying that he heard of Ephesian’s faith? [closed]

Why is Paul referring to Ephesian’s faith as something he heard of Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, ...
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Does Paul mention anywhere in his own writings his encounter with Jesus and his coming to belief in the gospel?

I am interested in a source that is besides the book of Acts written by Luke. I am interested in reading about Paul's encounter on the road to Damascus in his own words.
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Who are said to have the firstfruits of the Spirit in Romans 8:23?

Romans 8:23 NIV 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies Is it 1)Apostles 2)...
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What is Paul longing to be clothed by in 2 Cor 5:4?

2 Corinthians 5:4 (NASB) For indeed while we are in this tent, we grown, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. ...
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Is Paul referring to a specific person in 2 Cor 2:5-8

Is Paul referring to a specific person in 2 Corinthians 2:5-8? If so, what is the “punishment inflicted by the majority” that verse 6 talks about?
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How is speaking in tongues an edifying practice for individuals themselves?

1 Corinthians 14:4 (NIV) reads: 4 Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. How is speaking in tongues an activity that edifies the individual ...
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What did the apostle Paul use the gift of tongues for?

In 1 Corinthians 14:18-19 (NIV) Paul said: 18 I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you. 19 But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten ...
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Does 'perished' in 1 Cor 15:18 indicate complete cessation of existence?

1 Corinthians 15:18 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; 17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who ...
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The priority of the Jews in God's plan of salvation

In Romans 1:16-17 [NASB] we read For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the ...
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Saul's name didn't necessarily change due to becoming a Christian

Up to this point I've considered that Saul's name changed to Paul when he became a Christian but that's not really true. In Acts 13:9, the first time the name Paul is used, we read 9 But Saul, who ...
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How many times was the apostle Paul in a prison in Rome?

When reading Romans, can see Paul's desire to go to Rome (which naturally leads to the question, Has the Apostle Paul ever been to Spain? - to which there is no record of it in the Bible). So, to me, ...
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What does the phrase 'being not without law to God,but under the law to Christ' mean in 1 Corinthians 9:21?

1 Corinthians 9:21 ASV 21 to them that are without law, as without law, not being without law to God, but under law to Christ, that I might gain them that are without law. The above phrase seems a ...
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Why is the phrase 'not being myself under the law' missing in 1 Corinthians 9:20 in the KJV?

1 Corinthians 9:20 KJV 20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 1 ...
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How is food connected to sexually immorality in 1 Corianthians 6:13-18?

.1 Corinthians 6:13 NASB 13 Food is for the [g]stomach and the [h]stomach is for food, but God will do away with both [i]of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is ...
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Has Paul's concept in 2 Thessalonians 2:7 been misunderstood?

ο κατεχων αρτι εως εκ μεσου γενηται [TR - undisputed] 2 Thess 2: 7 (b) ... only he who now letteth (will let), until he be taken out of the way. [KJV] ... he who restrains at present until out of [...
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Did the apostles think that the end is imminent?

Paul: Romans 13:11-12. 1 Corinthians 7:29. 1 Thessalonians 4:15. Hebrews 10:37. James: James 5:8. Peter: 1 Peter 4:7. The question is so simple: Did the apostles think that the end is imminent?
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Who are 'those' in Galatians 4:4-5?

Galatians 4:4-5 NKJV 4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born[a] of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the ...
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What are the three accounts of the conversion stories of Saint Paul, and how do we reconcile it [closed]

How should we view the three seemingly different accounts of the conversion stories of Apostle Paul, and how do we reconcile them
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What does 'reveal his Son in me' convey of Paul's experience ? Galatians 1:15,16

οτε δε ευδοκησεν ο θεος ο αφορισας με εκ κοιλιας μητρος μου και καλεσας δια της χαριτος αυτου αποκαλυψαι τον υιον αυτου εν εμοι ινα ευαγγελιζωμαι αυτον εν τοις εθνεσιν ευθεως ου προσανεθεμην σαρκι και ...
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Daniel 12:11 (NASB)…What is implied by the word “ta-med”. Can we rightfully add the word “sacrifice” to the word “regular”

Daniel is telling us that the regular (sacrifice) is to be abolished and the abomination of desolation is to be set up and that there will follow 1290 days. At which point something presumably of ...
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Did Paul have it backwards? Ephesians 5:33

It appears to me that Paul has it backwards. I’ve struggled to understand this verse. Men understand respect, it comes naturally to a man yet he asks the husbands to love the wives; and wives tend ...
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Why do the NLT translators say “demons” (Rom 8:38)?

Rom 8:38 (NLT): And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons*, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow ...
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Who is ever learning? (2 Timothy 3:7

2 Timothy 3:1-7 ESV) 1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to ...
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To whom does the term “one God” refer in Paul?

The term “one God,” is found in three of Paul’s letters: one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 4:6) εἷς θεὸς καὶ πατὴρ πάντων ὁ ἐπὶ πάντων καὶ διὰ πάντων ...
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How was Jerusalem “in slavery with her children.”? Galatians 4:25

Galatians 4:25 (NASB) " Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children."
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Who are “the rulers of this age” in 1 Corinthians 2:6-8?

Paul writes in 1 Corinthians that the rulers of this age killed Christ. Some say that he meant the spirit demons. In Ephesians 6:12 he calls the spirits by a similar phrase- “the rulers of the ...
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Does Paul's use of Greek represent the Son as Creator or Maker?

When the role of the Son is spoken of by Paul in Creation it is always as the intermediate agent (δια) or instrument (εν) used by God and not as source as in Creator Ex Nihilo. BDAG on the agency of ...
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In 2 Cor. 12:4 does ἄρρητα and οὐκ ἐξὸν refer to what was not permitted to say or was it what was impossible to put into words?

In 2 Cor. 12:4 does ἄρρητα and οὐκ ἐξὸν refer to what Paul was not permitted but capable of saying or was it what was impossible for Paul to put into words? Looking at the lexicons both meanings are ...
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What did the author of “To the Hebrews” mean by the expression: “ Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.” (Hebrews 1:7)

Hebrews 1:7 (KJV) "And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire."
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In Galatians 1:14, what kind of “levels” were there among the Pharisees in the first century?

[Gal 1:14 NIV] (14) I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. Paul seems to be writing to gentiles and explains ...
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“…no male and female”: Galatians 3:28

What if Paul's inscribed audience, "brothers" (Gal. 3:15 and 4:12), is taken in its literal sense: not "brothers and sisters", but rather, males assigned male at birth? Thus: "There can be neither ...
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In Romans 3, is there an advantage or no advantage?

In one instance, Paul seems to be saying there was an advantage being a Jew (i.e., of the circumcision) because they had been entrusted with the words of God. Romans 3:1–2 1 What advantage, then, ...
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Does 1 Corinthians 15:44 refer to Dualist Anthropology?

Does 1 Corinthians 15:44 refer to Dualist Anthropology? Dualist Anthropology is the view of the body-soul relation as dualistic, the body and the soul being different as the soul that inhabits the ...
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What are the interpretive options for Acts 15 and Galatians 1-2?

In Acts 15 a dispute between Paul and Peter is described. Here are the details, as I understand them: Peter was denying table fellowship to new Christian converts who were not circumcised and who did ...
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Who are “them” and “the brothers” in Acts 22:5?

In Acts, Paul is giving a defense before the people of Jerusalem. In verse 5 Paul says "from them I received letters to the brothers" (ESV). I've seen two understandings of this. The first is that "...
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Which law was Paul referring to in 1 Corinthians 14:34?

1 Corinthians 14:34 NASB 34 The women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but are to subject themselves, just as the Law also says. Which law was Paul ...
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In Revelation 21:10-14, why doesn't Paul get a foundation stone in the New Jerusalem?

[Rev 21:10-14 ASV] (10) And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, (11) having the glory of God: her ...
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Is Ephesians 5:1-2 an allusion to leviticus 1:7-9?

The burnt sacrifice together with its grain offering is described as a sacrifice and sweet smelling savour to God in Leviticus 1.Paul also mentions that Christ's offering is a sweet smelling savour to ...
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Why does Paul misquote the OT

I've been reading through Romans and noticed Paul does the following: Romans 11:8 quotes Isaiah 29:10 and Deuteronomy 29:4. The same sentiment is found also in Isaiah 6:9-10. But this is not a word ...
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How does Paul say Christ was first seen by Cephas then the twelve in 1 Corinthians 15:5?

1 Corinthians 15:5 NASB 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. In all the narratives of four evangelists there seem to be no record of Christ meeting Cephas then the twelve after ...
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1 Corinthians 4:10 meant to be an irony?

Paul lambasts the church at Corinth for sectarianism which had led to jealousy and strife. But later the apostle Paul sounds conciliatory lauding them with attributes which seemed non existent within ...

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