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According to those holding that Jesus was literally born of a virgin, why did Paul not mention it?

The target audience of the writers of the gospels was to people who did not know about or did not believe in Jesus as the Messiah and Risen Lord. They included the virgin birth story because it was an ...
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Which tribe did Paul belong to?

The term "Jew" is an Anglicization of "Judean" which comes from the Greek Ἰουδαῖος (Ioudaios). Technically, it can simply be a regional distinction, that is someone who is from Judea. But it can of ...
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According to those holding that Jesus was literally born of a virgin, why did Paul not mention it?

Advocates for the virgin birth make the following arguments for why Paul didn't mention it: It wasn't controversial and therefore not worth mentioning It didn't need to be mentioned in order to ...
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Scholarly discussion of claims that Paul is a "false apostle"

The criticisms that Paul 'invented' Christianity, or 'distorted' the message of Jesus, often boil down to two primary claims: Paul sought to abolish Torah observance Paul deified Jesus, equating him ...
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What arguments are given that Ephesians was not written by Paul?

I am aware of four lines of evidence frequently adduced: Greek syntax and vocabulary Even a casual read through Ephesians in Greek shows it to be different from the undisputed Pauline letters.1 ...
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According to those holding that Jesus was literally born of a virgin, why did Paul not mention it?

I much prefer Nathaniel's answer to mine (the accepted answer), as it is considerably more thorough and answers more questions. I still believe the Paul's mission to the gentiles is a piece of the ...
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Why did Clement and Eusebius believe that Paul was married?

Clement of Alexander likely was referring to Philippians 4:3 Yes, I ask you also, true companion (σύζυγε), help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with ...
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Which tribe did Paul belong to?

By the time of the New Testament "Jew" and "Israelite" had effectively become synonyms. This is because the large majority of people who returned from the Exile were from the former Kingdom of Judah. ...
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Why did Paul go to Arabia?

Galatians 1:15-18 (ESV) But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the ...
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What is the basis for arguing that Paul should have been selected as the 12th apostle instead of Matthias?

Two prominent advocates of this view are Rudolf Stier (1800–62) and Lloyd John Ogilvie (1930–). They argue both that the apostles erred, and that ultimately the evidence points to Paul being the true ...
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Why did Clement and Eusebius believe that Paul was married?

What an interesting find! The Biblical text in view is indeed 1 Cor 9. The key to understanding how they derived this interpretation is knowing what Clement and Eusebius meant by the words translated ...
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Did any of the Apostolic Fathers know Paul?

A case could be made for Clement of Rome, considered by Irenaeus (Against Heresies III.3.3) and Eusebius (Church History V.6) to be the fourth Bishop of Rome (after Peter, Linus, and [Ana]cletus). (...
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Why does Paul call Peter "Cephas" in his writings?

Πέτρος (Petros) is simply Greek (naturally, because the New Testament was written in Greek) for the name Jesus actually gave him in Aramaic: כיפא (Kefa—Rock). In Greek, Kepha is transliterated (not ...
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Does Paul ever actually quote Jesus anywhere?

Words of Jesus' Ministry In Acts 20:35, Luke quotes Paul as quoting Jesus, but the original quote is not attested in any of the four gospels. (Though that doesn't mean Jesus didn't say it.) By all ...
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What does Paul mean by "Love believes all things?"

Since Paul didn't expand on this, the best we can do is to review what noted theologians have said about this. To get some good answers, you really need to look no further than Bible commentaries. ...
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Why does the bible never specifically condemn premarital sex?

The reason premarital sex is not mentioned specifically is because engaging in sex was what consummated a marriage. In essence, the first time a couple engage in sex, they are married. If a man ...
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According to the Catholic Church, how did Paul become a saint?

The Catholic Church honors the Apostle St Paul as a Pillar of the Church and as a martyr. The Church celebrates two major events in the life of the Apostle. On January 25, Catholics celebrate the ...
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According to Catholicism, did St. Paul believe that end of the world was imminent?

The Catholic Church has a nuanced approach to Biblical inerrancy. A dogmatic constitution of the Second Vatican Council states inerrancy applies only to that truth which God wanted put into sacred ...
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Did Paul actually report anything about the life of Jesus?

It's important to note that the video in question is a presentation of the Christ myth theory, which is a fringe academic theory. Very few scholars give it any credence; in fact, New Testament scholar ...
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What religious beliefs did the Galatians hold when Paul first preached the gospel to them?

The Wikipedia article on Galatia states that the Galatians were Celts who invaded the area about 275 BCE, and who were reported to be in the area until about 475 CE, or so. It is likely that the Celts ...
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Why did Paul Thank God he didn't baptize some individuals?

The First Epistle to the Corinthians opens with an expanded address (1 Corinthians 1:1-7), identifying its writer as the apostle Paul who, with Sosthenes, was writing to the church community in ...
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Did St. Paul ever claim prophethood?

Paul did not explicitly claim to be a Prophet although there were occasions where he acted as one (cf. Acts 13 & Acts 27), however he did claim to be personally called as an Apostle by the risen ...
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What is the basis for the position that only Paul's writings are applicable to the church today?

Mid-Acts dispensationalist here, and yes, we do believe only Paul's letters are applicable to the church today. (So when I say "we", I mean mid-acts dispensationalists) The main verse we use is 2 ...
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Was Paul the ideal Christian we were meant to emulate?

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1, NIV) Paul, indeed said that we should follow his example, which is to follow the example of Christ. The ultimate goal in ...
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Who was the Egyptian that led the revolt of the Assassins in Acts 21?

Here is a summary of what I found on this subject : The Greek word for “dagger men”, used in the the quoted verse, is derived from the Latin sicarii, which means “users of the sica,” or dagger. First-...
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Why is Saint Paul considered gnostic? (by some)

It seems as though many that assert the possibility are either looking at why the Gnostics believed that Paul was a member of such, as Pagels, they are not Christian, as Massey, or are either ...
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How did Paul learn the gospel?

Yes, Paul gives an account of how he learned his gospel several times: 2 Corinthians 12:1 1 "It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.&...
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How do Evangelicals explain when Paul writes "I, not the Lord"?

Evangelical commentators generally hold that Paul is speaking authoritatively in 1 Corinthians 7:12, and only indicating that he was not aware of any direct teaching on this subject by Jesus during ...
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Did St. Paul know the doctrine of the Trinity?

Taken from St. Pauls writings: For in Him (Jesus)all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form Col 2:9 Perhaps one of the clearest indications that Paul thought Jesus was Yahweh comes from the ...
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Didn't Jesus return to Earth after the resurrection when he appeared to Paul?

I think you might be overthinking this. Going by NKJV, Acts 9:1-9, Christ did not necessarily "appear" physically. Verses 3-4 only indicate that Paul heard a voice and saw a light, and that light ...
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