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The Apostle Paul was the writer of many Epistles in the New Testament. He brought the Gospel to the Gentiles.

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What arguments support the view that Ephesians WAS written by Paul?

This question was asked in April 2016: What arguments are given that Ephesians was not written by Paul? One answer said the letter was written by Tychicus, to the Ephesians, and he wrote it in Rome. ...
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What is the biblical basis for the belief that Paul was the last one to be called by God to be an apostle in church history?

Many Christians believe that the office of apostleship ended in the first century with the apostle Paul, and that after Paul there have not been any more people called by God/Jesus Himself (through ...
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What is the view of Reformed Protestantism on those who were 'numbered with' the apostles but did not, as did Paul, receive Peter's approbation?

Paul, alone, receives the strong approbation of Peter and obtains Peter's clear emphasis that Paul's writings are 'scripture : ... even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given ...
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How do Pentecostals or other Charismatics respond to criticisms about 'speaking in tongues' by multiple people at once and without interpretation?

An answer to a question about the gifts of the Holy Spirit here states "The ones in the middle react to the abuse done by some who take verses about Languages/tongues out of context and in some ...
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Is there a contradiction between the intent of St. Paul in 1 Cor 10: 27-29 vis-a-vis that in verses 29-30?

We read in 1 Cor 10: 27-29 how St. Paul takes a liberal view on the culinary habits of the faithful : If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you ...
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Why did St. Paul treat himself as not under the law?

We see St. Paul telling the Corinthians in 1 Cor 9:20-21 (NRSVCE): To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself am not ...
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Verse on evangelizing those in the Church first?

What New Testament verse (I think it was St. Paul) says that we must first evangelize those who are already in the Church first before making converts of others outside the Church?
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Was Abraham justified by faith alone or works also? [closed]

I ask this question in this forum as I am seeking the truth. a. I have always been taught that faith in Jesus and his sacrifice saves me from sin. b. I listen to a lot of Rabbi's and learnt that Sin-...
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What are the basis and larger connotations of the term “untimely born“ as St. Paul refers to himself in 1 Corinthians?

We read in 1Cor 15:7-9, how St. Paul appraises himself with reference to Jesus' post-resurrection appearance to him: Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one ...
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Because Paul (Saul) was part of the Sanhedrin was he required to be married?

Because Paul (Saul) was a member of the sanhedrin was he required to be married?
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Was Apostle Paul a widower? [duplicate]

In 1 Corinthians 7:8, Apostle Paul mentioned that he was unmarried. Is there any knowledge that he might have been widowed, therefore unmarried at that time?
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According to Catholicism, did St. Paul believe that end of the world was imminent?

We read at 1 Cor 7: 29-31 (NRSVCE) : I mean, brothers and sisters, the appointed time has grown short; from now on, let even those who have wives be as though they had none, and those who mourn as ...
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How would Christianity be different if Paul was found to be a Jewish spy? [closed]

[disclaimer - I'm Jewish and don't really know much about Christianity. If this is a simple/known question - please excuse me and point me in the right direction.] I listened to a Torah class at ...
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Whose hand wrote 'the document that listed my transgressions' ? (Colossians 2:14)

This is a question in regard to Trinitarian, Protestant, reformed, baptist doctrine. In Colossians 2:14 Paul states : Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was ...
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What exactly is the falsehood that St. Paul is referring to at Roman 3: 7?

We see St. Paul, while discussing about the merits and demerits of believers getting circumcised, posing an open question at Romans 3:7 (NRSVCE): But if through my falsehood God’s truthfulness ...
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How does the Catholic Church explain the juxtaposition of two tenets of faith with two different pre-conditions at Roman 10:9?

We read in Roman 10:9: Romans 10:9 (NRSVCE): “because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” On wonders why ...
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The calling and experience of Ministry [closed]

But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh ...
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Identifying a source for this C S Lewis quote (reflecting St Augustine and St Paul)

There is a C. S. Lewis quote from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe that resembles a famous quote by St Augustine. Here is St. Augustine: The very thing which is now called the Christian ...
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Is Paul an apostle? [duplicate]

Paul had not met Jesus in person. Jesus never preaches changes to Law. He comes to fulfill it. Jesus has completed the Father's will on earth. Why Paul then?
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What is the significance of the 5 "faithful sayings" of Paul?

Throughout the epistles written by Paul to Timothy and Titus, he mentions 5 different "sayings" which he describes as "faithful" or "true". These 5 sayings are in: 1 Timothy 1:15-17 1 Timothy 3:1 1 ...
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If Jesus was resurrected as a man how can Paul say his apostleship was not through a man but it was through Jesus at Galatians 1:1?

Catholics, Protestants, and Eastern Orthodox Christians agree that Jesus was both God and man as described in the Chalcedon Definition in 451. However at Galatians 1:1 Paul says that the source of his ...
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Is there any particular local traditions amongst any Christian denominations in the city of Damascus for celebrating the Conversion of St. Paul?

Is there any particular local traditions amongst any Christian denominations in the city of Damascus for celebrating the Conversion of St. Paul? The Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the ...
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1 Corinthians 4:15-16 - does Paul have the right to raise himself higher than others going against Jesus teaching? [closed]

1 Corinthians 4:15-16 Even if you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. 16 Therefore I urge you to ...
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1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 - how do we judge the credibility of Paul as he thought the world would come to an end during his lifetime? [closed]

Paul believed that the end will come but did not see, based on him being Inspired; “According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, ...
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Are the teachers and prophets who laid hands on Saul & Barnabas in Acts13:1-3 ordained Bishops?

Some Catholics justify St. Paul’s apostolic succession by citing Acts 13:1-3: Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (...
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Is St. Paul celebrating the Holy Eucharist different from the Holy Mass of the Catholic Church?

In the Catholic Church, the celebration of the Holy Mass, the bread is just a small host and just a small quantity of wine. In the scriptures, in letter to the Corinthians, it would seems that the ...
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Hippolytus’ difference between hearing the Word and hearing the Gospel?

In Apostolic Traditions, Hippolytus (starting at section 15 through section 20 (it is too much to copy and paste)) lines out the qualifications that a catechumen must meet for acceptance as such and a ...
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Did Paul recognize Peter as the earthly leader of the Church?

By suggestion this is a re-posting of one part of a multipart question. Paul appears (under inspiration of the Spirit) indifferent to whatever reputation may have been ascribed to James, Peter, and ...
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Did Paul consider Peter as the Leader of the Church? [closed]

From whichever theologies hold Peter to have been the first and highest authority in the visible Church I would like two questions answered, please. Please indicate which tradition you are speaking ...
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Are their any Christian denominations that reject the teachings of Paul? [duplicate]

I am a Yeshua following zealot. I love the Lord as much as life itself as it is granted through the Father's word which is our savior himself. I am pretty well educated in Bible/church history and am ...
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Did John Calvin teach that souls 'pre-existed'?

My understanding of Calvin's teaching on Paul's expression of foreknowledge, election and predestination is that all of these are within the eternal Deity. That which occurred within Deity (I ...
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What did Paul believe about 1 Corinthians 10:4 with regards to the teaching about bread from heaven, spiritual food?

What did Paul believe about 1 Corinthians 10:4 with regards to the teaching about bread from heaven, spiritual food? 1 For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under ...
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Does Catholic Church acknowledge St. Paul the Apostle as consecrated Bishop during Apostolic times?

St. Paul the Apostles admitted that Christ did not sent him to baptize but to preach the Gospel. 17For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with eloquent words of wisdom, ...
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Did Paul read aloud his letters to the Corinthians? To the Philippians? Other books?

I'd like to know if there's evidence that Paul presented his letters (e.g., Corinthians, Philippians, etc.) in the manner of spoken sermons to people of various churches, or if his letters were ...
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Does Paul ever actually quote Jesus anywhere as a primary source?

"Does Paul ever actually quote Jesus anywhere as a primary source" However, I came to that post because of my puzzlement regarding Hebrews 10:5-9. I believe Paul is generally considered the author ...
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How to harmonize teachings of Jesus and Paul about work?

Jesus: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear ... Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about ...
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Didn't Jesus return to Earth after the resurrection when he appeared to Paul?

Why has anyone not brought to light Jesus return to earth when he appeared to Paul while Paul was on the road to Damascus? Was this not a return of Christ when he called Paul into the ministry of ...
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Could the thorn that was given to Paul be a mortal sin?

In the 2 Cor 12:7-10 we read about Paul thorn: And to keep me from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to ...
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Jesus marks on Paul's body [closed]

I don't understand quite well Galatians 6:17. What are Jesus marks on Paul's body? Does he want to talk about his strips after being beaten up for the gospel or spiritual marks? Do we believers ...
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What does 'orthodox' mean, in practice?

'Orthodox' with a capital has a specialised meaning, regarding the Eastern Orthodox Church, but its uncapitalised meaning (which is not necessarily a matter of Christianity and neither the English ...
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Did St. Paul know the doctrine of the Trinity?

Did St. Paul know anything about the doctrine of the Trinity (3 Persons in 1 God) but ran out of ink to fully explain it? Or would the Trinitarian doctrine of the Athanasian Creed, for example, have ...
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According to Catholics, what is the source of the "Creed of Athanasius": Tradition or divine inspiration?

According to Catholics, what is the source of the Trinitarian doctrine of the Athanasian Creed, tradition or divine inspiration?
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The New Perspective on Paul and the Christ Followers Self Understanding

This is mostly a set of questions that are being asked of Protestant Christians, particularly those that hold to the "New Perspective on Paul." I have really enjoyed the work of modern "New ...
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In Acts 25:10 Paul appeals to Caesar. What aspect of Roman law/citizenship was he invoking?

Some commentators claim it was provacatio, others amplius. Most commentators simply state he had the right to appeal but what exactly was he invoking? The wikipedia article on Valerian and Porcian ...
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Reading through Ephesians 5 - is there any record of what Paul is quoting?

This is a quote recorded by Paul in Ephesians 5, regarding a saying about Christ. Was it something He heard when Christ came to Him or does the early Church record this quote originating elsewhere? I'...
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Paul Wrote Poems?

I'm reading and hearing commentaries regularly refer to sections of Paul's writing as poems, for example, Colossians 1:15-20. Why do they call those sections poems?
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How does the Hebrew Roots movement handle Paul's statements which imply Christians should not be enslaved to the Jewish Law?

My understanding of the Hebrew Roots movement is that they celebrate feast days and more closely resemble Jewish traditions rather than "Christian" ones. For example, most Christians would celebrate ...
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How many letters might Paul have written over his career?

How many letters might Paul have written over his 30+ years as an Apostle? For example, if one expects that he wrote one letter a month, that would suggest 300-400 letters. I'm curious if there is ...
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According to Catholicism, how can a Christian be freed from the concupiscence of the flesh and thereby possess a sinless body?

After the fall of Adam & Eve from pride & disobedience, all mankind inherit original sin. The Catholic Church teaches that the original sin can be removed by the Sacraments of Baptism but the ...
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Does Paul in 2 Corinthians 6:14 contradict Jesus in Mark 2:17?

When Paul says: "Don’t become partners with those who do not believe. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? What ...