Questions & Answers – Paul

Paul's Authorship

Was Paul the author of II Thessalonians?

Paul and the Viper

Acts 28:1-6 states that Paul and a company of men crash-landed on the island of Melita. While trying to be helpful carrying a bundle of sticks to bolster the fire, a viper bit Paul's hand and wouldn't let go. All of those around Paul expected him to die. However, he did not.

Paul's Arrest

It seems from the stories in Acts that after Paul had been arrested, the Romans thought the charges were without foundation. Why didn't they just release him?

Ephesians 4:8

Recently I read in Ephesians 4:8, "Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men." What does "captivity captive" mean?

James and Paul

Was James, the brother of Jesus, responsible for Paul's arrest at the end of his ministry?

Paul and Church in Rome

Paul states in Romans 15:20 that he tried to preach the gospel, "not where Christ was named, lest he should build upon another man's foundation." Paul did not found the church in Rome, so why did he intend to go there to preach, and why did he write them such a lengthy letter? Isn't this "building on another man's foundation?"


Why does Paul insist that Timothy be circumcised right after he argued at the Jerusalem Council that circumcision wasn't necessary? Is this just another example of his inconsistency?

Silence of Women in Church

A question about Paul's treatment of women.


But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Can you give some background behind this passage?

First Corinthians

Is it possible to summarize succinctly First Corinthians?