Many people are not aware of how much the apostle Paul quotes from Greek philosophers in his speaking and writing. This post from “Bible Things in Bible Ways” is a great handy little reference and contains enough to surprise many people. The author doesn’t mention that Paul quoted also from Cleanthes’ “Hymn to Zeus” so add that to the extensive list on this site.
Out of the 27 books, epistles and letters that make up the New Testament, 13 have been authored by the Apostle Paul (This does not include the book of Hebrews which some believe he wrote). One of the most influential people in the 1st Century Church, a former Pharisee, he took the gospel or Good news of our Messiah to the Greek speaking world of his day. This was no easy task. The peoples of Rome, Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Phillipi, Colosse & Thessalonica which he wrote to, were all part of the Greek speaking world educated in Greek literature and philosophy, with their own gods, traditions and opinions.
If you have read Paul’s epistles, inevitably, a thought such as “Why is Paul so hard to understand?” would have crossed your mind at some point. It is true that some of his letters are not that easy to read…
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November 18, 2019 at 7:35 am
I am not sure how to say what I want to say about what I just read here. I am a pastor for the pass 28 years and counting. I do agree that being alone in a house while on-line with a few people could be and is very dangerous to a growing Christian no matter how lone they have know Christ. But with saying that. I know that this was the way the church grew in the first Cent. I also believe that a true Home Church under God and with a Godly Pastor who holds God and His Word working with the Holy Spirit is a very good thing happening right know all around the world and in America. As a Pastor I am truly asking God if this is something that He may be calling on me to start doing. I have been praying and asking others to pray for me, asking God to show me if He is truly calling me for this new way of reaching others for Christ and helping others to grow in their faith. This was a great read and I will be saving it to re-read again and again. I believe God showed this to me at this time in my life. Thanks
July 21, 2021 at 7:03 am
hi Theldon 🙂 I am wondering if your comment got put on the wrong blog entry somehow. It is posted here under Paul talking about Greek philosophy; did you mean it under a post on house churching? Just wondering. You posted this two years ago, how did God shape your journey since then? Thanks for dropping by.