Why is Paul convinced of his conversion?
1. Paul admits to persecuting the church. Firstly, the fact that we have and can determine Paul’s authentic epistles goes a long way as historical proof. Paul’s accounts thus provide early eyewitness testimony …
What does Paul say about being crucified?
As a Pharisee, Paul had a high view of the Old Testament (OT), yet in the OT we find that if anyone is crucified he has been cursed by God: “for the one who is left exposed on a tree is cursed by God. You must not defile your land which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance” (Deuteronomy. 21:22-23).
How is Paul’s suffering attested?
From our early New Testament writings Paul’s suffering is attested by his authentic letters (1 Corinthians etc.), disputed letters (2 Timothy etc.) and by Acts. That is at least three independent traditions attesting to his persecution and willingness to suffer for the risen Jesus. We should clarify one detail, however.
Who was the apostle who persecuted and killed early Christians?
Our best historical evidence sees Paul, who formerly persecuted and killed early Christians, converted as a direct result of an experience with the risen Jesus. He tells us of his persecution of the early Christians, and goes as far as to say that, “I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, …
Was the crucified Jesus tough?
Thus, preaching the early Christian message of the crucified and resurrected Jesus was certainly tough, and even tougher for many Jews to accept. One could certainly point out that unless Jesus really did in fact appear to Paul then this is very hard to explain away.
Why was Paul called an apostle?
Paul was self-admittedly a staunch enemy of the early church, and as he admits in 1 Corinthians 15:9 he viewed himself as the “least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.”.
What did Paul say about Jesus?
Jesus also became a curse: “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us —for it is …
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