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Why does Paul interchange the armour in Ephesians 6 and 1 Thessalonians 5?

The two passages have slightly different contexts. Paul is writing to the Thessalonians in Chapter 5:1ff on the need to remain watchful because one does not know when the Lord will return (... the day ...
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Which Preposition is Used Concerning Paul's Body in Galatians 6:17?

The Greek preposition ἐν is predominately translated into English as “in” but is indeed sometimes translated as “on”. The apostle Paul refers to στίγματα (lemma στίγμα), which refer to marks made on ...
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In Romans 8:9 is Paul assuming that Christ is God?

My views about the divinity of Christ are well-known on this site (I have been consistently downvoted for them, often). However, let me set out what Rom 8:9 actually says. If we assume for the moment ...
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What does 'one' refer to in 1 Corinthians 8:6?

It is an important observation, I think, because this verse was used as a proof text by the Arians against the Divinity of Christ1 and continues to be used to this day by the Jehovah's Witnesses (who ...
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Is Galatians 1:4 referring to the current time and location or an apocalyptic period and world-wide condition?

Should αἰών be translated as age or world? It should probably be translated "age" instead of "world". I think the ambiguity might be due to the English word “world” and not the ...
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Would ἀγάπη in 1 Cor. 13 be better translated חֶסֶד in Hebrew translations rather than אַהֲבָה?

They possibly accounted for the Septuagint, since ἀγάπη consistently translates אַהֲבָה (ahávah)* in the 14 times it appears in canonical books (2 Kingdoms/2 Samuel, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, ...
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Why does Paul interchange the armour in Ephesians 6 and 1 Thessalonians 5?

Illustrations are used to make particular points at particular times. Circumstances may warrant slight adjustments, especially when if there is a considerable time gap (as there was here), and ...
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How do you interpret "believes all things" in 1 Cor. 13:7?

Albert Barnes noticed the same thing and observes: Believeth all things - The whole scope of the connection and the argument here requires us to understand this of the conduct of others. It cannot ...
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What’s the self awareness of Paul re his office of “Apostle of Gentiles”?

Relying on Acts 15:22, we are informed that both Paul and Barnabas were "sent" (the verb from which "apostle" is derived) to Antioch to minister to the Gentiles, and between the ...
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1 Corinthians 16:13 - act like men?

'Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.' (1 Corinthians 16:13 NIV) 'Be strong, Philistines! Be men, or you will be subject to the Hebrews, as they have been to you. Be ...
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Does Phil. 2:10-11 describe Jesus Christ as God?

Yes, necessarily, because to “bow knees” is to worship and in the Biblical perspective only God can be worshipped. If one worships a human or even an angel or an archangel and bows his knees to him, ...
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Do Titus 1:2 + 2 Timothy 3:16 mean that scripture is inerrant?

Before dealing with your 3 questions, the word 'inerrancy' must be understood, for there is a semantics trick employed by those who wish to appear as if they totally accept the whole Bible (the ...
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Where in the Torah does it claim male effeminacy as a sin?

The operative adjective in 1 Cor 6:9 is μαλακός (malakos) which means: "soft". It occurs four times in the NT as is usually applied to soft clothing such as was worn by wealthy people (as ...
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Does St Paul make contradicting statements in 1 Cor 11:17-19?

I do not see this as contradiction but as an expression that many things in the social life of the church play both positive and negative roles. Paul is "thinking out loud" about a situation,...
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Does St Paul make contradicting statements in 1 Cor 11:17-19?

Paul employs the analogy of the human body with its various parts in Romans 12:4-5 to illustrate the unity amid diversity within the church, highlighting the diversity of spiritual gifts among its ...
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Is Galatians 1:4 referring to the current time and location or an apocalyptic period and world-wide condition?

Background: The letter written by the apostle Paul to the Christians in Galatia dates from between 50 to 57 A.D. The churches in Galatia were (clockwise from the south) Laodicea, Ephesus, Smyrna, ...
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Is Galatians 1:4 referring to the current time and location or an apocalyptic period and world-wide condition?

It would be hard to imagine that Paul is referring to the localised situations of the Galatian’s as ‘the present evil age’. The problem Paul is dealing with is influence from within the church, from ...
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Is Galatians 1:4 referring to the current time and location or an apocalyptic period and world-wide condition?

Whether one translates αἰών (aion) as "age" or "world" in Gal 1:4 is somewhat irrelevant - the meaning remains the same. My answer to the OP's question is NO - the present evil ...
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Does Phil. 2:10-11 describe Jesus Christ as God?

Overview 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the ...
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Which Preposition is Used Concerning Paul's Body in Galatians 6:17?

The text in question, the second half of Gal 6:17 reads: ἐγὼ γὰρ τὰ στίγματα τοῦ Ἰησοῦ ἐν τῷ σώματί μου βαστάζω. = for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus. [NASB] We cannot be too precise ...
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1 Corinthians 16:13 - act like men?

The operative verb in 1 Cor 16:13 is ἀνδρίζομαι (andrizó), which occurs only here in the NT, and means (BDAG): conduct oneself in a courageous way Thayer gives a similar result. The word is ...
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Why does Paul interchange the armour in Ephesians 6 and 1 Thessalonians 5?

I do not think we need be too concerned about a variation in Paul's metaphors! Recall that the point of both a breastplate of faith (1 Thess 5:8) and a shield of faith (Eph 6:14) is to gain protection ...
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Would ἀγάπη in 1 Cor. 13 be better translated חֶסֶד in Hebrew translations rather than אַהֲבָה?

Both words are good candidates for translating ἀγάπη. I will confine my comments to Biblical Hebrew. It is possible that modern Hebrew has shifted these meaning slightly. I will also assume that I ...
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What does 'one' refer to in 1 Corinthians 8:6?

The OP notes, “Thus the 'one' refers to the entire expression 'God the Father' and should not be misinterpreted due to the insertion of a divisive comma.” I would agree with this statement. In English,...
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With respect to Second Temple monotheism, what is the significance of the phrase "God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ?"

In Paul's writings, "God our Father" always occurs in close association with "Lord Jesus Christ". It appears about 16 times, most often (but not always) as part of the greeting of ...
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With respect to Second Temple monotheism, what is the significance of the phrase "God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ?"

Many if not all the Second Temple Jews believed in one God existing in two forms. The so called two powers in heaven. The invisible, inapproachable God (the Father) and His visible form/the angel of ...
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Why does Paul not request removing those teaching a serious theological error in 1 Cor. 15:12?

This question perfectly illustrates the important difference between theological differences and moral differences. Moral lapses should be dealt with by the local congregation as in 1 Cor 5 and Matt ...
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In Romans 8:9 is Paul assuming that Christ is God?

Three Distinct - Not Two Equal You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. (...
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Why does Paul use the helmet and breastplate as metaphors in 1 Thess?

In 1 Thessalonians 5:8, the Greek word 'thorax' is translated as breastplate, and the Greek word 'perikephalaia' is translated as helmet. The same words are further used by Paul in Ephesians 6:14 &...
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If Paul was raised at the feet of Gamaliel, why did he persecute the church?

Here I am making a case that Paul was persecuting the Christians because their actions, such as the mass selling of land, could be viewed as a direct violation of Mosaic Law, potentially provoking a ...
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