Category: Pauline Epistles

Michael Kok: John Mark as a Composite Creation of the Author of Acts

Michael J. Kok, The Gospel on the Margins: The Reception of Mark in the Second Century (Fortpress Press, 2015), 158-159. The John Mark of the book of Acts is a composite creation, the result of harmonizing the earlier accounts of Mark as a Pauline coworker… Continue Reading “Michael Kok: John Mark as a Composite Creation of the Author of Acts”

The Koine-Greek Blog: Paul and the Question of σκύβαλον

The Koine-Greek gang is at it again, this time covering the controversial word skubalon that is featured in the words of Paul in Philippians 3:8. Here are a few ways English translations render the word. KJV: Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency… Continue Reading “The Koine-Greek Blog: Paul and the Question of σκύβαλον”

Was the Apostle Paul a Widower?

The earliest writings in the New Testament came from the pen of Paul, the one-time persecutor of Christians turned zealous Jesus-follower. Paul isn’t always very forthcoming about his life though we do get glimpses here and there. For example, Paul writes, If anyone else… Continue Reading “Was the Apostle Paul a Widower?”

The Mystery τῆς εὐ­σεβείας

A few weeks ago I sent out the following tweet. The old "Christianity is not a religion; it's a relationship." "Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion [τῆς εὐσεβείας] is great…." (1 Tim. 3:16) "Religion [θρησκεία] that is pure and undefiled before God,… Continue Reading “The Mystery τῆς εὐ­σεβείας”

Prepare a Guest Room

Of the seven letters Paul wrote, the shortest is one he wrote to a slave owner by the name of Philemon. The letter was probably written sometime in the early 60s CE while Paul is imprisoned and sometime shortly before or after he wrote… Continue Reading “Prepare a Guest Room”