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I. Paul. 1. Preaching journeys First: Ac.13-14. E.g.: Antioch, Ac.13 “But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the.

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1 I. Paul

2 1. Preaching journeys First: Ac.13-14. E.g.: Antioch, Ac.13 “But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city, raised up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them from their region” –50

3 1. Preaching journeys First: Ac.13-14 Second: Ac.15:36-18:22 Third: Ac.18:23-21:17 Ac.2:39, afar off Ac.2:39, afar off Ac.22:21, Saul?! Ac.22:21, Saul?!

4 2. Powerful witness to resurrection of Christ 1. Saul: unbeliever (“Jesus: imposter”) 2. Radically changed. Ac.14:19-20 3. Claimed risen Lord appeared to him after ascension. 1 Co.9:1; 15:8, 11 4. Leading defender of Christ (Ph.1:16) 5. What was his motive?

5 George Lyttelton (d. 1773) Examined Paul’s ‘conversion experi- ence’ to prove selfish motives Observations of the Conversion of St. Paul, 1747 not Conclusions: Paul was not... an imposter; no motive to suffer for a lie an enthusiast, but a disciplined scholar deceived by fraud of others

6 Four options 1. Paul intentionally deceived w. lies and false claims 2. Paul suffered from hallucinations 3. Paul was the victim of deception 4. Paul told the truth – it really happened

7 Four options 1. Paul lied – what motive? Wealth? Fame? Power? Comfort? Sensuality? Would he suffer so much for what he knew was a lie? 1 Co. 9:16 2 Co. 11

8 Four options 1. Paul lied – what motive? 2. Paul suffered from hallucinations What produced them? Why did they stay w. him for life? How to explain signs? …writings?

9 Four options 1. Paul lied – what motive? 2. Paul suffered from hallucinations 3. Paul was the victim of deception Who? …What motive? 1 1 Christians could not (Ac.9) 2 2 Jews would not (Ac.9) How? (Ac.9) What about witnesses (Ac.9)?

10 Four options 1. Paul lied – what motive? 2. Paul suffered from hallucinations 3. Paul was the victim of deception 4. Paul told the truth – it really happened

11 3. Arrested by Jesus Seize, grasp; lay hold of so as to make one’s own; detect, catch [Jn.8:3] Ph.1:21-23 “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me” – Ph.3:12

12 4. Teacher 2 Pt.3:15-16  Romans  Galatians Illustrations Courts, Ro.7:1-4 Market, 2 Co.1:22 Processions, 2 Co.2:14 Military, 2 T.2:3-4 Athletes, 2 T.2:5 Farming, 2 T.2:6

13 II. Letters I. Paul

14 Paul’s epistles BookDateAddressDerivationReferences 1 Th.49-51Thes. ch.CorinthAc.18:4-5 2 Th.49-51Thes. ch.CorinthAc.18:4-5 1 Co.53-55Cor. ch.EphesusAc.19:22; 1 Co.16:8 2 Co.55-56Cor. ch.MacedoniaAc.20:1-2; 2 Co.2, 7 Ro.57Ro. ch.CorinthAc.20:2; Ro.16:1 Gal.?Gal. ch’s?Ac.20:2?

15 Paul’s epistles BookDateAddressDerivationReferences Eph.62Eph.RomeAc.28; Ep.3:1; 4:1; 6:20-22 Col.62Col.RomeCol.4:7-9 Phm.62Phm.RomePhm.1:1, 9-10 Phil.62Phil.RomePh.1:13-14, 19; 4:22 1 Tim.62-64Timothy?1 T.1:3 Titus62-64TitusNicopolisTit.3:12 2 Tim.64-67TimothyRome2 T.1:8; 4:6-8

16 Attacks against Paul F. C. Baur: only four of Paul’s epistles are genuine (Ga.; 1-2 Co.; Ro.) [Ga.1] Adolf Deissmann  Contrast: 1 Co.1:2; Col.4:16  Contrast: 1 Co.14:37 (Mt.28:20) “That a portion of these confidential letters should be still extant after centuries, St. Paul cannot have intended, nor did it ever occur to him that they would be”


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