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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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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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What does Paul mean by "Christ is the end of the law for righteousness" in Rom 10:4?

KJV Rom 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. Is this scripture in regards to righteousness? Is this speaking of Christ as the limit, end or total ...
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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 ...
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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 EGNT (...
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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 is of the ...
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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? [closed]

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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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 ...
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Is Jesus' "gospel of the kingdom" obsolete? [closed]

Jesus proclaimed and taught "the gospel of the kingdom" as mentioned in Matthew 24:14: Mat_24:14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; ...
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What does Paul mean by "ministers of a new covenant" in 2 Corinthians 3:6?

NIV 2 Cor 3:6 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. Westcott and Hort / [NA27 variants]...
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In 1 Timothy 1:9 what does Paul mean that the law is not made for a righteous person?

1 Timothy 1:9 (NKJV) knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for ...
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Why does the Apostle Paul use the verb παρακαλέω twice in Philippians 4:2?

Philippians 4:2 2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. KJV, 1679 Βʹ εὐωδίαν παρακαλῶ καὶ Συντύχην παρακαλῶ τὸ αὐτὸ φρονεῖν ἐν κυρίῳ TR, 1550 Why does ...
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Was Paul being sarcastic when he claimed that he didn't recognize Ananias?

Related: Was Paul literally predicting that God would strike Ananias? From Acts 23:1-5 (NIV): 1 Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all ...
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Was Paul literally predicting that God would strike Ananias?

Related: Was Paul being sarcastic when he claimed that he didn't recognize Ananias? From Acts 23:1-3 (NIV): 1 Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my ...
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Does St. Paul refer to the Old Testament as 'the Old Testament' in 2 Corinthians 3:14?

The text is as follows (the context is the Jews who did not accept Christ had a spiritual veil over their eyes, which prevents them from recognizing and accepting the truths of the New Covenant): 2 ...
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Significance of 1 Cor. 11:4 in light of the yarmulke/kippah

The Yarmulke or Kippah worn by followers of Judaism dates to at least ~600BCE and perhaps as far back as 1000BCE. My understanding is that this is a sign of respect and the Mishne Torah requires that ...
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Acts 17:28 translation

I have in my mind a verse/phrase made by Paul "in him we live and breathe and have our being", which is from Acts 17:28. Looking at a broad representation of translations (http://biblehub.com/acts/17-...
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Is 2 Thessalonians 3:17 enough to reject Paul as the author of Hebrews?

Hebrews is arguably the deepest of all epistles in the new testament. Hence the writer would have had to be the most insightful among the apostles. Even Peter acknowledged Paul's scriptural depth ...
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2 Timothy 2:13 - Impossibility for God?

I've been discussing the meaning of God's omnipotence with a friend. I have always understood it to mean that God can do anything, but not things that are outside of His nature (i.e., omnipotence ...
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How can we understand 1 Thessalonians 5:1-4?

(KJV) 1 Thessalonians 5:1-4 1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in ...
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Is it "preaching" or "the thing preached" that is foolish in 1 Cor 1:21?

Is it preaching or the thing preached that is foolish and pleasing to God as a means to save those who believe in 1 Cor 1:21?
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Who are "they" in Romans 1?

After a short greeting, the second half or Romans 1 describes people who exchange righteousness for unrighteousness: For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to ...
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1 Timothy 4:1-3; Whose Fault Is It?

The KJV of 1 Timothy 4:1-3, as I read it, seems to indicate that some people will depart from the faith because they are the ones consulting evil spirits, believing doctrines of devils, and that they ...
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1 Timothy 1:15 Paul says he is "chief"

What is the meaning of "chief" in 1 Timothy 1:15? Different Bible translations change the meaning of the word that is translated as "chief" in the KJV. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of ...
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Why does Paul say he wasn't sent by men?

In Galatians 1:1, Paul says: Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;) What does Paul mean by he wasn't sent by man, ...
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In Romans 6:16 why does Paul say that obedience leads to righteousness, when righteousness is God's freely given gift?

Romans 6:16 (ESV) says: Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, ...
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What evidence is there the writer of Revelation was aware of the apostle Paul?

In a comment to this question What are the 12 names of the the apostles of the lamb? Mark Edward raised the point if the author of Revelation was aware of or concerned with Paul and his claim to ...

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