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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 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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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 Paul 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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Why/How Peter and James didn't know about Paul but Barnabas knew it?

From this link Who are those apostles in Jerusalem? Paul himself states that during his visit to Jerusalem, he saw only Peter and James, the Lord’s brother, but none of the other apostles (Gal. ...
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Where does “14 years ago” in 2 Cor. 12:2 fit in Paul's timeline?

Where does "14 years ago" in 2 Cor. 12:2 fit in Paul's timeline? The ESV introduction dates 2 Cor about 57 A.D. That would make "14 years ago" 43 A.D. What was happening in Paul's life at that time? ...
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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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God, will not let you be tested beyond your strength. 1 Corinthians 10:13

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NASB) 13 "No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the ...
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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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How can we harmonise 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 and Hebrews 9 :27?

It seems according to Paul some will meet Christ without tasting death 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 NASB [16]For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel ...
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Is it only the 'thoughts' of Gentiles that accuse and defend them in Romans 2:15?

It seems Paul only refers to the thoughts as accusing and defending Gentiles in the following text Romans 2:15 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 15 in that they show the work of the Law written ...
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From where Paul received the tradition of Lord Supper in - I Corinthians 11:23?

In 1 Corinthians 11:23 Paul says For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you This implies that Paul received the tradition of Lord Supper (1 Corinthians 11:24-25) from Jesus Christ ...
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How did authorities know that Paul was really a Roman citizen?

A previous answer to a different question ventured into the territory of my question here, quoting from The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (which in turn, cited from some commentaries) that ...
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Was Paul saying that you should only be widowed once to qualify for church support in 1 Timothy 5:9?

1 Timothy 5;9 KJV 9 Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man Is Paul saying that widows should be widowed once so as to qualify for ...
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In Ephesians what does Paul mean by “world without end”?

[Eph 3:21 KJV] 21 Unto him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. [Eph 3:21 mGNT] αὐτῷ ἡ δόξα ἐν τῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ καὶ ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ εἰς πάσας τὰς ...
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Is Romans 3:10 a quote from the Septuagint?

Romans 3:10 : There is none righteous, no, not one: is usually attributed to Psalm 14 :3 there is none that doeth good, no, not one. and to Psalm 53:1 there is none that doeth good, no, not ...
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Why do 1 Corinthians 15 and Ephesians 1 seem to disagree about Christ's future role?

In 1 Corinthians 15 Paul has a terminus for Christ's reign, which is when death has been put under his feet: [1Co 15:24-28 CSB] 24 Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the ...
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What changed between 1 Corinthians 15:24ff and Ephesians 1:22?

In 1 Corinthians 15:24ff Paul suggests that Jesus is at the beginning of the process of ruling: [1Co 15:22-28 CSB] 22 For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But ...
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In Ephesians 2:6 is Paul suggesting that the rapture of 2 Thessalonians 2:17 is a spiritual event?

In Ephesians Paul speaks of resurrection in "spiritual" term: [Eph 2:6 NLT] 6 For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united ...
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In 2 Timothy 4:6-8 is Paul speaking of his death or of his “departure” per 1 Thessalonians 4:17)?

[2Ti 4:6-8 CSB] 6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time for my departure is close. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 ...
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Why did the Apostle Paul leave Trophimus sick, while Epaphroditus was also sick to the point of death in Philippians 2:27?

If the Apostle Paul still had the power to heal why would he leave Trophimus sick, while Epaphroditus was also sick to the point of death in Philippians 2:27 and encouraged Timothy to use a little ...
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What is Paul forbidding in 1 Timothy 2:12?

What is the right understanding of 1 Timothy 2:12 based only on grammar. Should it be understood as "I don't let any woman teach other man (adult male gender) or to have power over man(adult male ...
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In what sense is the word ἀνακρίνει used in 1 Corinthians 2:15?

NA 28 1 Corinthians 2:15 15ὁ δὲ πνευματικὸς ἀνακρίνει [τὰ] πάντα, αὐτὸς δὲ ὑπ’ οὐδενὸς ἀνακρίνεται. 1 Corinthians 2:15 KJV 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is ...
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What is the answer to Paul's question in I Corinthians 11:14 speaking of “long hair”?

KJV I Corinthians 11:14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? I have not seen many people actually answer this question, but instead take it as ...
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How can we understand Romans 4:19 in the light of different translations?

NA 28 Romans 4:19 19καὶ μὴ ἀσθενήσας τῇ πίστει κατενόησεν τὸ ἑαυτοῦ σῶμα [ἤδη] νενεκρωμένον, ἑκατονταετής που ὑπάρχων, καὶ τὴν νέκρωσιν τῆς μήτρας Σάρρας· American Standard Version Romans 4:19 (...
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What does it mean that “the Lord stood near Paul” in Acts 23:11?

Acts 23:11 (NIV) says the following: The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.” What does ...
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What tone was Paul intending to convey in Acts 23:5?

In Acts 23:3-5 (NIV): 2 At this the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth. 3 Then Paul said to him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! You sit there ...