Cultural Influences Of The Paul 's Heritage And Cultural Background
The Bible gives precise and detailed information about the Apostle Paul’s heritage and cultural background. In Php 3:5 (KJV) “Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;”.
And in Act 22:3 (KJV) “I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.”
These words written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit should remove any doubt as to Apostle Paul being of Jewish descent. His lineage certainly would have an influence on his letter writing. Therefore, the first cultural influence on Paul’s letter writing would be his Judaism as it is written in our textbook, Rediscovering Paul.
The authors Capes, Reeves, and Richards (2007) state, “At one end there is Paul’s Judaism—a religion known for its provincialism and obscurantism” (p. 37). The Apostle Paul was born a Jew. He was a Jew of Diaspora. The term Diaspora is referring to a time after the exile of Judah and being dispersed outside of their homeland. The Jewish population was scattered throughout the Empire of the Persians, and later the Romans. It is from the cultural and social traditions of the Greeks and the Romans that Jews located in these areas adopted some of the Hellenistic cultures.…