Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Was the apostle Paul ever married?

Denny Burk makes a compelling case that Paul was a widower.

His points are as follows:
1. Paul puts himself in the category of being “unmarried” in 1 Corinthians 7:8.
2. The word “unmarried” translates the Greek word agamos.
3. Paul uses the term agamos to refer to those who have been married but now are no longer married.
4. The context of agamos in 1 Corinthians 7:8 is dominated by Paul’s instructions to those who are married or who have been married.
5. The Greek word for “widower” was not in use during the Koine period.
6. The word for “unmarried” appears to be the masculine word for someone who has lost a spouse.
7. As a good Pharisee, it is highly unlikely that Paul would have been single his entire life.

Read the entire article HERE.

1 comment:

elizabeth_parker22@yahoo.com said...

Thank you so much for addressing this. I really respect your opinion. You are the best preacher I've ever heard, in 23 years of being a christian. We attended Church of the Savior when you started there. We have moved away since, but still listen to your sermons weekly.