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The set of letters written by the apostle Paul, as a corpus.

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God and Father or Godhead and Father?

“one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭ With respect to ”God and Father”, does the Greek allow for the reading God (as in Father, Son and Holy ...
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1 Corinthians 7:5 - Satan's Temptation and Lack of Self-Control

1 Corinthians 7:5 (ESV), 5 Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not ...
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Who are the wise and the disputer (debater) and what is the Biblical clue to know them?

1Corinthians 1:20 :- Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
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Does Paul contradict Jesus by saying not to eat with sinners?

In 1 Corinthians, Paul is writing to the church at Corinth after hearing reports over various matters. One of them is sexual immorality within the church at Corinth. Of this matter he says in 1 ...
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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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The Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV), 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Is the ...
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Understanding how human being is created

In Romans 7:22 and 2 Corinthians 4:16, apostle Paul wrote about the outward man and inward man. What is the basis of this classification? What constitutes the outward man? What are the integral parts ...
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What is the first husband in Romans 7:1-6?

“Or do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law), that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives? For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as ...
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Why does Paul refer to both 'God' and 'Father' in 2 Thessalonians 1:1?

Building on my previous enquiry into the Divine references in this chapter I am interested to know why Paul would state 'God Father' in verse 1. With the coming of Christ, the promised Messiah, the ...
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A question regarding the anarthrous use of θεος in 2 Thessalonians 1:6

Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; [KJV] ειπερ δικαιον παρα θεω ανταποδουναι τοις θλιβουσιν υμας θλιψιν [TR, undisputed] Paul begins his ...
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Variant Readings of Titus 2:13

Are there any variant readings of Titus 2:13, possessing at least one of the following three characteristics ? the omission of the name Jesus Christ at the end of the verse a definite article placed ...
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How does one practically receive the “light of the knowledge” of the Glory of God in 2 Corinthians 4:6?

1) How does one practically receive the "light of the knowledge" of the Glory of God in 2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to ...
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What does 'wrest' the scriptures mean, 2 Peter 3:16?

In 2 Peter 3:16, the apostle Peter says : As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable ...
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How can Paul justify a following rock? 1 Cor 10:4

The Bereans were known for checking the Scriptures which would have been the OT (and possibly other writings outside of our OT) when it came to Paul’s claims If the Bereans were to check Paul in ...
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What is the “His glorious inheritance” mentioned in Ephesians 1:18?

What is the "His glorious inheritance" mentioned in Ephesians 1:18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches ...
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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 is the “good conscience” mentioned in 1 Timothy 1:5,19

What is the "good conscience" mentioned in 1 Timothy 1:5,19 ? 1 Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: 1 ...
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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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What are the “things above, where Christ is seated” as said in Colossians 3:1-2?

What are the "things above, where Christ is seated" as said in Colossians 3:1-2 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right ...
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Who are the “chiefest apostles” in 2Co 11:5?

After Paul scolds the Corinthians for bearing people who preach things not according to Christ, he says: For I reckon that I am not a whit behind the very chiefest apostles.(ASV) Paul proceeds to ...
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Who are Hymenaeus and Philetus in 2 Timothy 2:17? Are they Gnostics?

2 Timothy 2:17 makes mention of Hymenaeus and Philetus who were spreading false teaching. Hymenaeus is also mentioned in 1 Timothy 1:20. These double mention of the person Hymenaeus implies that ...
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Are the commandments concerning covering & uncovering the head for public assemblies only or in private as well? (1 Corinthians Chapter 11)

Are the commandments concerning covering & uncovering the head for public assemblies only or in private as well? I have read commentaries on these verses and most agree that these commandments ...
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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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What does “obey the truth” mean in Romans 2:8?

What does obey the truth mean in this verse? Romans 2:8 but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. What is the truth ...
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What is the “reconciliation” mentioned in 2 Corinthians 5:20?

What is the reconciliation mentioned in 2 Corinthians 5:20 Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ: Be ...
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What is the “gospel of the Glory of Christ” in 2 Corinthians 4:4?

What is the gospel of the Glory of Christ in 2 Corinthians 4:4 ? 2 Corinthians 4:4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light ...
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Romans 10:14: does Paul contradict himself?

Romans 10:14: How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? (KJV) ...
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What is the correct translation of εσταυρωσαν (“have crucified”) in Galatians 5:24?

την σαρκα εσταυρωσαν [TR - Galatians 5:24] And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. [KJV 1769] Bagster's Analytical Lexicon tells me that εσταυρωσαν is 3rd ...
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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 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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The scriptures say there is no “God but one,” then there are ‘many gods,’ who or what are they?

The scriptures say there is no “God but one,” then there are ‘many gods,’ who or what are they? DNKJB 1 Corinthians 8:4-6 “As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in ...
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What is the relationship between faith and righteousness in Romans 10:10?

Edit Note : I am not attempting to discover the grammatical subject of the text. I do not believe there is one. The passive indicative has no subject. The predicate of the verse is clearly a concept ...
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Does 'Υιοτηεσια (huiothesia) really mean 'adoption' in Galatians 4:5?

In Galatians 4:5 and 6, we read : To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your ...
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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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In 2 Corinthians 6:16-18 why does Paul omit the references to the promised land?

In 2 Corinthians Paul is "preaching" that the saints should separate themselves from wicked persons ("Beliar"). He seems to perhaps have in mind the Corinthians who seem to be flippant about idols ...
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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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What was Paul trying to get across through his many “in Christ” and “in Him” passages?

Paul uses "in Christ" and its variations many times in his epistles. What main idea(s) is he trying to convey with this phrase? Here is one example to consider: 2 Co 5:17 (KJV) Therefore if any ...
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In 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 who's who?

Who is doing what in this passage? I'm trying to identify the referents for the various pronouns. I've supplied a couple of the more obvious ones as examples. ESV 1 Corinthians 15: 24Then ...
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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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Who planted the assembly in Rome to whom Paul wrote “Romans”?

It appears evident from the record of Paul's travels in Acts 16ff that when Paul wrote "Romans" he had never visited Rome yet: NIV Romans 1:10 ...in my prayers at all times; and I pray that ...
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In 1 Timothy 3:6 is it a “new convert” or a “new arrival”? [duplicate]

NIV 1 Timothy 3: 1Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-...
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Exegesis of Galatians 4:12. Is the presented analysis valid?

Galatians 4:12 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 12 I beg of you, brethren, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You have done me no wrong; Galatians 4:12 King James Version ...
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Does Genesis 22:17 phrase “greatly multiply your seed” contradict Galatians 3:16 which emphasizes “his seed” as in “one” (Jesus Christ))?

How can Genesis 22:17 says "greatly multiply your seed" relate with Galatians 3:16 states "his seed" as in "one" (Jesus Christ))? It seems to me that Genesis 22:17-18 uses seed to represent the ...
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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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In 1 Timothy 3:9 what is the “mystery of the faith”?

KJV 1 Timothy 3:9  Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. By "the mystery of the faith" does Paul mean the gospel itself? Or some particular aspect of the gospel? Why does it refer to ...
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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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In 1 Corinthians 6:2-3 why does Paul seem to expect the Corinthians to know that they will judge angels?

I take the questions beginning with "Do ye not know" and "Know ye not" to be rhetorical with the meaning "Of course you know that you shall judge the world and angels": 1Co 6:2  Do ye not know that ...