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Sha’ul: The Man, the Myths, and the Legend, part 2

Contrary to popular opinion, Sha’ul of Tarsus, did not “convert” to a new faith called Christianity, but remained fully Jewish; keeping the name that was bestowed upon him early in his life. There was no conversion or renaming for Sha’ul or for any of the other tens of thousands of Jewish followers of Yeshua in the first century. Many misunderstandings of Sha’ul’s words exist today. These misunderstandings appear to support a position that Sha’ul severed his relationship to Torah, declaring he no longer has need of it, and effectively divorcing himself from what is central to Judaism. Many scholars and […]

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Rabbi Sha’ul by Any Other Name Would Still be a Jew: Part 1

Why does it matter if Rabbi Sha’ul is known by his Hebrew name Sha’ul, if he is called exclusively by the name of Paul, or if we refer to him, as he is in some denominations, as St. Paul? Unfortunately there is a false belief common among many believers that associate this Pharisee, who was known as Saul, had a name change to Paul. It is thought by many to be indicative of his “conversion” from Judaism to Christianity. I would like to address the issue of this imagined name change to dispel the notion that Sha’ul adopted a new […]

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