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The Apostle Paul was one of the leaders of early Christianity, founder of many Christian congregations, and the author of several "letters" now found in the New Testament.

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What is the biblical worldview of the arabs that Paul encountered in his three years from his conversion? [closed]

Did he encounter a view of God that was based on Abraham as the father of the Arabs apart from the Jews? Could God have been helping him to understand abrahamic covenant theology from the Arab ...
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What does μορφῇ mean in Phil. 2:6&7?

Many questions have been asked about Phil. 2:6-11. The following question asking about ἴσα is the closest to this one, but another question is the meaning of μορφῇ What is the significance of ἴσα in ...
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Was it the same group of circumcision in Acts 15:1 and 5?

After preaching the gospel at Antioch it is said there arose a group from Judaea disputing with Paul and Barnabus about circumcision KJV Acts 15 : 1 And certain men which came down from Judaea taught ...
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Which day is being referred in 1 Corinthians 1:8 as day of Lord Jesus Christ and Paul mentions it as end

As the title suggests, In the following verse 1 Corinthians 1:8, He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ When Apostle paul says "...
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Time of Paul's Conversion in Acts 9:1-9

Can we know from the Bible how much time passed from Jesus' ascension in Acts 1:9 to His appearance to Saul / Paul on the road to Damascus?
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Who called Paul: Jesus or the Holy Spirit?

15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. 16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for ...
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Does the word "we" in 2 Corinthians 5:11-20 refer to Paul and the apostles or to the church as a whole?

It seems the word "we" sometimes refers just to the apostles (eg verse 12-13). Other times it refers to everyone (eg verse 21). However it is often ambiguous (eg verse 14, 20).
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The meaning of the word "in" in Romans 5:3

Romans 5:3 challenges us to "rejoice in our sufferings". But the word "in" has (at least) two meanings in English. It could mean "rejoice during our sufferings" or "...
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1 Corinthians 13:2 - Prophecy and All Mysteries and Knowledge [duplicate]

1 Corinthians 13:2 (NASB), 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. Is Paul ...
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Was Paul in Galatians 2, retelling the events in Acts 15?

Gal 2:1 WEB Then after a period of fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus also with me. First question: is this the same time as recorded in the book of Acts 15:2 Or ...
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Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all

Saul persecuted saints and committed crimes until his conversion to Christianity. These events occurred in the past. But why then Paul is using the present tense "I am" as if he was still a ...
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Does the sower and the planter receive different rewards in 1 Corinthians 3:6-8?

1 Corinthians 3:6-7 ESV I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. After asserting two ...
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Do Paul and Jesus share Understanding on the Sum of the Law?

Rom 13:8 WEB Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. Does Paul mean the Whole Law? If he does then he can be charged with omitting the ...
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Why does Paul include Christ in 1 Corinthians 1:12?

1 Corinthians 1:12 What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Paul rebukes the church of Corinth for choosing to ...
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How do you reconcile Rom. 4:2-5 with John 6:28-29: believing a work or not a work?

How do you reconcile  For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him ...
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Does Romans 16:11 reveal the apostle Paul (Saulus) was related to Herod Agrippa?

Based on Paul's request in [Romans 16:11] from the NKJV : "Greet Herodion, my countryman" (ἀσπάσασθε Ἡροδίωνα τὸν συγγενῆ) and "Antiquities of the Jews" by Josephus, Book XX (CH 9.4) : "...
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Cretans are always liars?

Was Paul aware of the Epimenides paradox when he wrote in Titus 1: 12 One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.” 13a This saying is true. Was ...
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Is Ephesians 2:17 an allusion to Isaiah 57:19?

Ephesians 2:17 ESV 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. Isaiah 57:19 ESV creating the fruit of the lips. Peace, peace, to the far and to the ...
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Acts: Why did some Jews want to kill Paul?

In Damascus, after many days: Acts 9:23 After many days had gone by, there was a conspiracy among the Jews to kill him In just 15 days in Jerusalem: Acts 9:29 He talked and debated with the ...
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In Romans 7:18 why is the phrase "that is,in my flesh" bracketed in the NKJV?

Romans 7:18 NKJV For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. But in other modern translations it ...
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Could Paul be describing stage fright in 1 Corinthians 2:3 (cf. 2 Cor. 10:9-10, 11:6)?

In his First Letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul states: 1 Corinthians 2:3-4a: “I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in ...
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Did Paul expect "the perfect" to come during his and the Corinthians' lifetime?

1 Corinthians 13:8-13 (ESV): 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in ...
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What is meant by "all Scripture" in 2 Timothy 3:16? [duplicate]

2 Timothy 3:16 (ESV): 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, What is meant by "all Scripture"? What specific books ...
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Can 1 Corinthians 15:3-9, particularly verse 8, be used as a proof-text for the claim that there are no more apostles after Paul?

1 Corinthians 15:3-9 (ESV): 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was ...
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How does the whole creation groan according to Romans 8:22-23?

Note that I am not asking how Paul knew this. In the Letter to the Romans, we read of his interesting observation: Romans 8:22: "For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains ...
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Reason for words missing from several bibles. Acts 18:21

but took leave of them, saying, “I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem; but I will return again to you, God willing.” And he sailed from Ephesus. NKJV Youngs Two Questions; What ...
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Any reason why Paul didn't collect financial support from the Corinthians?

Paul had a deep conversational letter with the Corinthians, and often in the letter he said he didn't want to get any financial support from them but he collects support from Macedonia while in ...
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1 Cor. 15:8 — Paul and the abortion [duplicate]

ἔσχατον δὲ πάντων ὡσπερεὶ τῷ ἐκτρώματι ὤφθη κἀμοί. (1Co 15:8 BGT) And last of all, as like to the abortion, he appeared also to me. The word ἐκτρώματι generally does seem to be used for a baby that ...
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Should Paul 'I say' be considered a doctrine or opinion

When Paul was giving instructions in various places in the Bible he often switches between "the Lord says" and "I say, not from the Lord", would it be right to consider his ...
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In 1 Cor. 14:1, was Paul's exhortation to "earnestly desire spiritual gifts" addressed only to the Corinthians, or to all Christians in general?

1 Corinthians 14:1 (ESV) Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy Did Paul write this exhortation only for the Corinthians who were the immediate ...
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What skills are involved in exhorting and convincing the gainsayers?

In Titus 1:9 we read "Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers." I'd like to learn from both ...
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In whose home did the church meet in Philemon 1?

1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker— 2 also to Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier—and to the church that meets in ...
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Is Paul being a bit extreme with his "wish" that they should mutilate themselves in Galatians 5:12?

In the Letter to the Galatians, the apostle Paul writes: Galatians 5:7-12: "You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you. ...
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Are we ever told why Saul was blinded in Acts 9:8-9?

From the Book of Acts we read: Acts 9:8-9: "Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into Damascus. 9And he ...
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How might we reconcile Titus 3:3 with Philippians 3:4b-6?

In his Letter to Titus, the apostle Paul seems to include himself in his description of those who earlier practiced sinful behavior: Titus 3:3: "For we also once were foolish ourselves, ...
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Why would the apostle Paul "delay" being baptized (Acts 22:16)?

From the Book of Acts we read the words of Ananias to the apostle Paul: Acts 22:15-16: "For you will be a witness for [Christ] to all men of what you have seen and heard. 16Now why do you delay? ...
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How exactly did the Holy Spirit guide Paul and his companions in Acts 16:6-10?

Acts 16:6-10 (NIV): 6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. 7 When they ...
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What is the specific translation of "δωρεὰν" ("dorean") in Gal 2:21? Did righteousness used to come by the law?

In Galatians 2:21 it reads: "εἰ γὰρ διὰ νόμου δικαιοσύνη, ἄρα Χριστὸς δωρεὰν ἀπέθανεν" Some translations are: Latin Vulgate: "si enim per legem iustitia ergo Christus **...
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Why might Paul emphasize FOUR spatial dimensions when describing the love of Christ (Eph. 3:18)?

There is curious wording in the apostle Paul's Letter to Ephesus: Ephesians 3:14: "For this reason I bow my knees before the Father... 16that He would grant you, according to the riches of His ...
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What does Paul mean by the "Israel of God" (Galatians 6:16)?

In his Letter to the Galatians, Paul states the following: Galatians 6:16: "And those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God" (emphasis added). ...
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Is Paul suggesting that our next breath and heartbeat depends on God (Acts 17:28)?

As the apostle Paul delivers his sermon at the Areopagus (Mars Hill), he declares: Acts 17:28, NAS: "for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also ...
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Romans 14:14 common or unclean?

I just found in MKJV, Modern King James Version, a different reading of Romans 14:14; Modern King James Version I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing by itself is common; except to ...
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How to understand 1 Timothy 2:9 in light of 1 Corinthians 11:15?

1 Timothy 2:9 NIV 9 I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, But in the letter ...
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Did Paul contradict Christ in Acts 18:18 taking the Nazarite vow; Matt 5:34 "take no oath at all"?

Acts 18:18 NASB Now Paul, when he had remained many days longer, took leave of the brothers and sisters and sailed away to Syria, and Priscilla and Aquila were with him. Paul first had his hair cut at ...
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How can we understand God humiliating Paul (2 Cor. 12:21, NASB)?

There is a curious statement by Paul in his Second Letter to the Corinthians: 2 Corinthians 12:21: "I am afraid that when I come again my God may humiliate me before you, and I may mourn over ...
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“Nothing beyond what is written”?

In 1 Corinthians 4:6, Paul tells us to learn the meaning of the saying, “Nothing beyond what is written.” Does this mean we are to take the plain and obvious sense of what is actually said, being ...
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Can we interpret the "first resurrection"/"second death" (Rev. 20:6a) as made alive in Christ, spared from spiritual death (Col. 2:13, etc.)?

Scripture often indicates that outside of Christ we are dead. The apostle Paul's Letter to the Romans emphasizes this point often: Romans 5:12: "Therefore, just as through one man sin entered ...
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Did Pharisees have to be married (Phil. 3:4b-6)? [closed]

We know that Paul, a Pharisee, is single as he writes his First Letter to the Corinthians: 1 Corinthians 7:8: "But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain ...
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Could Paul's stoning (Acts 14:19) have anything to do with his being "caught up to the 3rd heaven"? (2 Cor. 12:2-4)

This question concerns a timeline. I have often wondered if two experiences Paul describes might be connected: 2 Corinthians 12:2-4: "I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the ...
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Time span between Acts 18:2 till Acts 21:17

Is it possible to know how much time passed between Acts 18:2 and Acts 21:17, that is, till Paul's last visit to Jerusalem? After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth (Acts 18:...

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