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Questions About Paul and Company

Do you have a question about Paul, his ministry or those who worked with him? Post your question here and we’ll look for an answer together. If I’ve already written on the subject matter, I’ll direct you to my post, and if that doesn’t satisfy, we can still explore the issue through discussion.

 

5 responses to “Questions About Paul and Company

  1. Raymond McAlister

    October 9, 2013 at 09:02

    Hey Eddie,
    It’s me again. Is there anywhere in your posts that give us some idea about how old Paul was at his conversion? I have read anywhere between 24 and 37. Any thoughts?
    Also, if he were converted in 36 CE and ended up in Rome in 63 CE, his ministry would have lasted about 27 years to that point. Any thoughts about that?

     
    • Eddie

      October 9, 2013 at 09:55

      Paul seems absent in Jerusalem during Jesus’ ministry. At least he never mentions meeting Jesus before Damascus. I read somewhere, can’t remember where, that at this time he was probably home in Damascus learning his trade from his father–Pharisees were supposed to support themselves and offer their teaching free of charge. This would put Paul slightly younger than Jesus, perhaps by as much as 6 years. I put Paul’s conversion (35-36 CE) at about 30 years of age, give or take a year or two.

      Concerning the length of Paul’s ministry, I’m not certain what you are looking for. I don’t see any prophetic significance in its length, if that is what you mean.

      Lord bless you Ray.

       
  2. Raymond McAlister

    April 12, 2013 at 12:18

    I have two problem that you may have already addressed. If so, please just tell me where I can find the information. The first is, it seems that Paul went to Jerusalem twice before going back to Tarsus. One is in Gal. 1:18 where he spent 15 days with Peter. The other is in Acts 9:26-27 where Barnabas introduced him to the Apostles. I can’t get these to fit together.

    My second problem is, how did Onesimus get from Colosse to Rome and how and why did he find Paul after he got there? Why would he go to Rome in the first place? Looks like that would have been a trip of around 1,000 miles, mostly by ship, which would have been expensive, to say nothing of the bounty hunters. Any thoughts?

     
    • Eddie

      April 12, 2013 at 14:00

      Greetings Ray, and thank you for your questions. I enjoy discussing the word of God, so it is my pleasure to be at your service. On the subject of Paul in Jerusalem, I have written several posts. You may find two that speaks to your questions, plus an earlier post on the same subject. They are:

      1. When Did Paul Return to Jerusalem
      2. No One in Jerusalem Believed Paul
      3. Paul’s Visit to Jerusalem

      On the subject of Onesimus, I cannot remember if I had written of him or simply studied about his visit with Paul. If I have written of it, I don’t know what heading it would be under. Anyway, the conclusion I’ve come to, and this is merely an opinion, is that it is ludicrous in my opinion to believe that all the ‘prison epistles’ were written from Rome. Paul spent at least two but more likely three years in Caesarea under what amounts to ‘house’ arrest. He couldn’t leave, but otherwise he was not limited in having friends with him or (probably) write to folks he knew. Paul tells Philemon that he came to Christ under Paul’ ministry. Therefore, Onisimus would have been in that household and probably knew Paul. When news hit Asia that Paul was under arrest, Onisimus may have simply ran away to go help Paul–do whatever he could for him. He may have known him and came to love him through Philemon who hosted a ‘house church’. Onesimus may not have been too bright a person, because Paul implies that Philemon didn’t have a very high opinion of his service (Philemon 1:11). It may not have been his intention to run away, but simply seek out Paul and aid him in any way he could. — just my opinion, but there it is.

       
    • Kenneth

      December 17, 2014 at 00:26

      Philemon lived at Colossae and was probably a convert of Paul and member of the Colossian church. Onesimus was a slave of Philemon who had robbed his master (v 18) and fled to Rome where he had been converted under Paul’s preaching (v 10). It is the only individual or private letter written by Paul and is written to tell Philemon of the conversion of Onesimus and to make a plea for him. Through the kindness shown Onesimus we have revealed to us the great kindness of the Apostle’s heart. He speaks to Philemon not as an apostle in authority, but as a friend to a friend, thereby showing his great courtesy. The letter is of inestimable value as showing the power of the gospel to win and transform a poor slave and to soften the harsh relations between the different classes of ancient society.

      Date, From Rome about A. D. 63.
      http://biblehub.com/philemon/

      Hope this may help…ken

       

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