Skip to main content
30 votes

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 ...
Mark Anthony Songer's user avatar
26 votes
Accepted

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 ...
Joshua's user avatar
  • 2,134
20 votes
Accepted

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 ...
Nathaniel is protesting's user avatar
17 votes
Accepted

Why don’t the apostles quote Jesus or reference any gospel events?

If there is a narrow view of what "the gospel" is, then that could explain the confusion in the question. There are four gospel accounts, written between the early 50s through till around 85....
Anne's user avatar
  • 31.2k
14 votes
Accepted

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 ...
Susan's user avatar
  • 4,323
12 votes

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 find ...
enegue's user avatar
  • 678
12 votes

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 ...
Nate Bunney's user avatar
  • 1,882
11 votes

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. ...
curiousdannii's user avatar
  • 20.4k
11 votes
Accepted

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). (...
AthanasiusOfAlex's user avatar
10 votes
Accepted

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 ...
Only True God's user avatar
10 votes

According to Trinitarians who believe Philippians 2:6 says Jesus is God, why did Paul add the word 'form' ('morphe')?

ος εν μορφη θεου υπαρχων ουχ αρπαγμον ηγησατο το ειναι ισα θεω Philippians 2:6 [TR - undisputed] ... who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God ... [KJV] ... who, ...
Nigel J's user avatar
  • 25.8k
9 votes

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 ...
Sola Gratia's user avatar
  • 8,370
9 votes

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 ...
Mr. Bultitude's user avatar
9 votes
Accepted

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 ...
Ken Graham's user avatar
  • 72.6k
8 votes

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 ...
Lionsden's user avatar
  • 910
8 votes

How do those who hold Jesus = God in the Trinitarian sense account for Paul's reticence to state this clearly and consistently?

Paul clearly states the Deity of Christ and is not at all reticent to do so. 1. Romans 9:5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ...
Nigel J's user avatar
  • 25.8k
7 votes
Accepted

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 ...
Dick Harfield's user avatar
7 votes

According to Catholicism, what did St Paul mean by "a thorn in the flesh"?

The Catholic Haydock Commentary on 2 Cor. 12:7 says: A sting of my flesh,[1] an angel, or a messenger of Satan, to buffet me. The Latin word [stimulus] signifies any thing that pricks or stings, ...
Geremia's user avatar
  • 39.8k
7 votes

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 ...
bruised reed's user avatar
  • 12.6k
7 votes

Why don’t the apostles quote Jesus or reference any gospel events?

A simple answer is that the epistles are simply that: letters, originally written to specific churches to tackle specific problems. A lot of background understanding between the letter writer and the ...
GratefulDisciple's user avatar
7 votes

Why don’t the apostles quote Jesus or reference any gospel events?

Most churches, and most New Testament scholars, believe that the stories of the life of Jesus and his teachings were first passed down as oral traditions. The Gospel of the life and work of Jesus was ...
curiousdannii's user avatar
  • 20.4k
6 votes

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 ...
Tonyg's user avatar
  • 759
6 votes
Accepted

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.&...
Cannabijoy's user avatar
  • 2,492
6 votes

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 ...
Nathaniel is protesting's user avatar
6 votes

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 ...
Twisted Code's user avatar
5 votes

Why is Saint Paul considered gnostic? (by some)

Valentinus was a Gnostic. St. Paul was not a Gnostic. Paul simply made mention of common ideas in accordance with Greek Cosmology when writing to the people in Asia Minor. The Logos, Pleroma, ...
Christopher Gerard's user avatar
5 votes

What was St Paul's age at the time of his conversion and what was his age when he died?

It is somewhat impossible to know for sure how old St Paul was at the time of his conversion and death. The Apostle Paul according to Wikipedia was born between the years of 5 BC and 5 AD. Most ...
Ken Graham's user avatar
  • 72.6k
5 votes

Why aren't all unbelievers given a "Road to Damascus" moment, according to Catholicism?

TL;DR (1) Because He doesn't need to, and (2) it's not His style. 1 Samuel 3:18 What is pleasing in the LORD’s sight, the LORD will do. If you look at how well the Apostle Paul spread the Faith, ...
KorvinStarmast's user avatar
5 votes

According to Catholicism, why does Paul spend so much time arguing that the law doesn't apply, when Jesus seems to indicate that it does?

Acording to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (as usual, emphasis is mine): 577 At the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus issued a solemn warning in which he presented God's law, given on ...
Wtrmute's user avatar
  • 2,795

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible