How Tall was Paul?

Discussion in 'The Gospels & Acts' started by sastark, Mar 28, 2011.

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  1. sastark

    sastark Puritan Board Graduate

    Matthew Henry, in his commentary on Acts 9 writes,

    Can anyone on the Board tell me who Henry is citing here?
  2. torstar

    torstar Puritan Board Sophomore

    The Acts of Paul and Thecla, apparently
  3. Rufus

    Rufus Puritan Board Junior

    So, basically, according to some ancient source, St. Paul was four foot five :wow:
  4. Berean

    Berean Puritan Board Doctor

    I couldn't resist... ;)

  5. Frosty

    Frosty Puritan Board Sophomore


    Whew! 4'6''! Just tall enough for Paul to ride his favorite ride all by himself! Now THAT would have been embarrassing! :p
  6. Kevin

    Kevin Puritan Board Doctor

    Craig Evans, in a class thtat I took a few years ago on NT backgrounds said that the average hight for a man at the time of Christ was 5'2". For women it was around 4'10".

    So in that context 4'6" is not as short as it would be today.
  7. E Nomine

    E Nomine Puritan Board Freshman

    Paul was less tall than king Saul.
    That is all.
  8. MarieP

    MarieP Puritan Board Senior

    Yes, the Galatian Gyrotron was his favorite ride. He and Peter rode it together often. Unfortunately, one time Peter had stopped by to visit some new Gentile converts on the way, and he didn't sit down to eat with them because he didn't want to lose his lunch. Let's just say Paul was not happy... :p
  9. Rufus

    Rufus Puritan Board Junior


    Same thing?
  10. Berean

    Berean Puritan Board Doctor

    Same thing, Sean. I lived through it. :p
  11. Rufus

    Rufus Puritan Board Junior

    I can not begin to understand your pain. :lol:
  12. Peairtach

    Peairtach Puritan Board Doctor

    So why did Paul change his name from Saul, or did he always have the two names?

    There is a description of Paul in the apocryphal "Acts of Paul and Thecla":

    Not a source one could have any confidence in even regarding the physical description of the Apostle.
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2011
  13. seajayrice

    seajayrice Puritan Board Sophomore

    Hard to imagine Paul so short, by all accounts he was a reputable person.
  14. Pergamum

    Pergamum Ordinary Guy (TM)

    The calling of God as an apostle fell on him last because it had further to travel maybe.
  15. MarieP

    MarieP Puritan Board Senior

    Well, he was less than the least of all the saints...
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