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Paul or Aquila?

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by Pastor_Bob, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. Pastor_Bob

    Pastor_Bob Well-Known Member

    Jul 15, 2002
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    Acts 18:18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow. (KJV)

    There seems to be some differences of opinion as to whether the individual referred to as shaving his head as the result of a vow is the Apostle Paul or the man named Aquila.

    If Aquila, one could make the argument that he did so before he was saved. If Paul, then he would seem to be softening his previous stand against legalism (Acts 15). He not only vowed a vow, but it appears that Paul was very dogmatic about leaving Corinth to attend a feast in Jerusalem (18:21).
  2. thisnumbersdisconnected

    Apr 11, 2013
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    Who is the subject of the first sentence, Paul, or his companions? This is the beginning of a five-verse paragraph, and throughout the rest of the passage, "he" is the predominant pronoun. One, since Paul is the subject of the first sentence of a paragraph and "he" would not referred to a married couple -- which is how Priscilla and Aquila are introduced secondarily, and remain so -- and two, given that Dr. Luke is primarily recounting Paul's ministry here, it is obvious the reference is to Paul. The way the KJV renders it does make it unclear, I suppose, but it is quite clear in other versions. The one with the vow is Paul.
    #2 thisnumbersdisconnected, Oct 21, 2013
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