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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 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 ...
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Can εις αυτον mean 'to itself' in Colossians 1:20?

οτι εν αυτω ευδοκησεν παν το πληρωμα κατοικησαικαι δι αυτου αποκαταλλαξαι τα παντα εις αυτον (Colossians 1:19 and 20a - TR - Stephens, Beza, Elzevir and Scrivener all identical.) The literal ...
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In 1 Corinthians 15:28 what does it mean that Jesus is “subjected”?

In this quote from Paul's writings about the post resurrection Jesus; how can Jesus be "subjected" to God if he is God? What does the Greek word for "subjected" mean? MLVBL 1 Cor. 15:27-28 "But ...
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In 2 Cor 10:3-5 what kind of war does he say a Christian must and must not wage?

In the following text by Paul what kind of "warfare" can Christians be involved in and what kind of "warfare" must Christians not be involved in? KJV 2 Cor 10:3-5 "For though we walk in the ...
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What is the “due penalty” mentioned in Romans 1:27?

As I went through my study of Romans, I was caught off guard by this verse - because there didn't seem to be any readily apparent answer given the context as far as I could discern it. 26 For this ...
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Why does Paul use different prepositions regarding the origin of the first and second humanity? (I Corinthians 15:47)

Paul states in I Corinthians 15:47 : ο πρωτος ανθρωπος εκ γης χοικος ο δευτερος ανθρωπος ο κυριος εξ ουρανου [TR - Beza, Stephens, Elzevir and Scrivener are all identical] The first man ...
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In Romans 11:19 why did the Jewish branches have to be cut off in order for the gentiles to be saved?

KJV Romans 11:19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. A big part of Paul's theodicy of Romans 9-11 is the notion that it was an essential part of the ...
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Was Paul showing some pride in 1 Corinthians 9:15?

After describing the rights of an apostle, Paul goes further even to show that it was actually a command from the Lord for the apostles to be supported by the church in their material needs. 1 ...
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Does Romans 13:1-17 teach that it is a sin to disobey any of the laws of the land in which someone is living?

What does the expression “let every one be subject...) from Romans 13:1 mean? Is it used interchangeable with the Law of God?
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Are the principalities and powers in Titus 3:1 the same as in Ephesians 6:12?

Why did Paul say we should wrestle against "principalities and powers" in Ephesians 6:12 and obey them in Titus 3:1? ESV Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against ...
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In Philippians 1:6 and 1:10 what is/when is “the day of Jesus Christ”?

ESV Philippians 1: 3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the ...
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How many letters did Paul write to the Corinthians?

This comment is made in the Nelson Chronological Study Bible: Scholars disagree over whether 2 Corinthians is a single letter, or was compiled from several shorter letters. Some think there were four ...
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In Romans 1:11 why does Paul seem to fudge about his agenda by saying “some spiritual gift”?

NIV Romans 1: 11I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— 12that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. It sounds ...
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Is it significant that Paul's Introductory phrases for each of his letters different?

Why are Paul's Introductory phrases for each of his letters different? Is there a significant reason Or am I just making a big issue about nothing? Galatians 1 New American Standard Bible (NASB) ...
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Circumcision: for Seed or Seeds?

There is something I am not understanding. For a little while now I thought that the reason we did not have to be circumcised was because circumcision belonged only to "the [fleshly] descendants" of ...
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What is the force of the optative ἔχοι in Acts 17:11?

In the Greek, Acts 17:11 reads: οὗτοι δὲ ἦσαν εὐγενέστεροι τῶν ἐν Θεσσαλονίκῃ, οἵτινες ἐδέξαντο τὸν λόγον μετὰ πάσης προθυμίας, τὸ καθ’ ἡμέραν ἀνακρίνοντες τὰς γραφὰς εἰ ἔχοι ταῦτα οὕτως. The ...
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In 2 Timothy 4:14-15 did Paul love Alexander the coppersmith who did him great harm? [closed]

Matt. 5:44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, What does this verse mean? What is the extent of it? Does it apply when 1) someone opposes our teaching? 2) ...
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In Romans 1:16 why does Paul say “to the Jew first”?

KJV Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. I am looking for a very ...
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Possible Word Inversion in Romans 9:5?

I couldn't help but notice, while pondering on another question, that inverting the current word order of the Greek text of Romans 9:4-5 by replacing the final o on from the middle of verse 5 with on ...
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How can we understand 1 Corinthians 8 in the light of 1 Corinthians 10?

1 Corinthians 8 NASB 1 Now concerning things sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. 4Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that [b]there is no ...
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Are Christ’s words to Ananias in Acts 9:12 and 15 an approval of Paul’s message of grace?

Acts 9:11-18 (KJV) 11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he ...
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In Romans 8:3-4 what is “the righteousness which is of the Law”?

Romans 8:3-4 KJV For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the ...
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How was the preaching of Christ supposed to add more afflictions to the Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:15?

Philippians 1:15 (NKJV) 15 Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: 16 The former b preach Christ from selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing to add ...
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In Romans 11:28 to whom does Paul refer when he speaks of elect Jews who are enemies of the gospel?

Is Paul referring to particular people when he speaks of elect Jews who are nonetheless enemies of the gospel? KJV Rom 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this ...