Some questions about the Apostle Paul
Hello, I am rereading Acts and I have these questions:
(1) Was Paul imprisoned once or twice? I favor the 2 times theory, but what do you think?
(2) In what ways was Paul the "Apostle to the Gentiles" since he also regularly preached to Jews and in synagogues. He seemed to leave the synague and go to the Gentiles, but yet went into the synagogue at first in later places where he visited. Did he always seek out Jews first?
(3) Acts 20:7, Luke the writer of Acts seems to count the day in the Roman way from midnight to midnight in many places, not the Jewish way of 6 to 6. But what is it here in Acts 20:7?
(4) Acts 21:1, Paul was "gotten" from them... is this like "we tore ourselves away" from them? Is the sense of the text that they had to pull themselves away from these brothers, i.e., parting was a very hard thing?
(5) Acts 23:5, did Paul really do anything wrong when he called Ananias a white-washed tomb, since Ananias did an illegal action by having Paul smitten before he was even charged?
(6) Why did Paul walk the 20 or so miles instead of floating the 40 or so miles? Was there a reason he went on foot instead of ship in Acts 20:13,14?
(7) When did Jesus say, "It is more blessed to give than to receive"? Acts 20:35. Since this quotation seems to only occur in Paul'sl writings.
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