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Any Evidence to Paul being single?

Posted: 12 Mar 2017, 12:05
by Aleph
OK firstly I want to thank the Adminstrator of Afrivade forum for setting up a platform like this where we can share ideas and get answers to questions like this...

Also happy to be the first playoff post on this section :P

To my question;
I have been following Paul's works in the Bible, writing all ah books and letters, being like a father to Christianity.
what I haven't phantom out is the seems never talk about Paul's wife or children..

was Paul ever married?

Please guys let's cooperate together, all your answers & contributions are welcome.

Re: Any Evidence to Paul being single?

Posted: 12 Mar 2017, 13:04
by RuggedKross
Well, some of the chuch ministers
believing he was married. I once read a book tittled:

"The History of the Church" by Eusebius
and he quotes Clement thus:
"And
Paul does not hesitate, in one of his
epistles, to greet his wife, whom he did
not take about with him, that he might
not be inconvenienced in his ministry."

This book obviously isn't Scripture, but
the mention is interesting nonetheless.

Re: Any Evidence to Paul being single?

Posted: 12 Mar 2017, 23:36
by Aleph
Is the book online? can I get a download link?

Re: Any Evidence to Paul being single?

Posted: 13 Mar 2017, 00:00
by Isaiah
This topic has been debated over the years both offline and online..


The evidence for Paul being married is far-fetched.
  1. In Galatians 1:14, Paul says:
    I was becoming a leader in the
    Jewish religion. I did better than
    most other Jews my own age. I
    tried harder than anyone else to
    follow the traditions we got from
    our ancestors.
    One of the traditions, especially if
    he was a member of the Pharisee (Sanhedrin)
    (which he never openly claimed so),
    is that eventually he would be
    married. That said, there is nothing
    to say that he had necessarily
    progressed far enough to require a
    wife.
  2. He wrote in 1 Corinthians 9:5:
    We have the right to bring a believing wife
    with us when we travel, don’t we? The other
    apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Peter
    all do this.
    The implication could be made that
    Paul was complaining about leaving
    some wife behind.
On the other side (that Paul was not
married), the evidence is far more
convincing•

  • 1 Corinthians 9:5 clearly implies
    there wasn't a woman travelling
    with him
  • 1 Corinthians 7:1-7 has Paul
    declaring that he has the gift of
    celibacy.
  • 1 Corinthians 7:8 has Paul directly
    saying that he is not married -
    Now to the unmarried and
    the widows I say: It is good for
    them to stay unmarried, as I
    do.
The tense of the verb is
ambiguous as to whether he was
at one point married, however. As
an aorist verb , the tense is de-
emphasized in any event.

In any event, however, it is clear that
even if Paul had been married at some
point, by the time he had been to
Corinth, he no longer was.

Re: Any Evidence to Paul being single?

Posted: 14 Mar 2017, 22:22
by Aleph
if there was a like button 👍 I would "Like" your reply, that was an insightful reply, thank you!

Re: Any Evidence to Paul being single?

Posted: 16 Mar 2017, 12:17
by RuggedKross
Thankfully, others have
spent considerable time to research
this topic and have some very
compelling evidence. Besides, who
else but someone that had already
been married, could say it is good to
stay single. :)