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And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brothers, and sailed there into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow. Acts ,41 And they wrote letters by them after this manner; The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren which are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia: …. Acts Now when we had discovered Cyprus, we left it on the left hand, and sailed into Syria, and landed at Tyre: for there the ship was to unlade her burden.
After leaving Corinth with a brief visit to the synagogue at Ephesus in the province of Asia ActsPaul sailed off to Caesarea and went up to Jerusalem to report to the church there and offer the appropriate sacrifices pertaining to his vow Acts ; cp. However, we may be able to understand the answers to these questions by drawing hints from the text. Ezekiel
And Paul - tarried there yet a good while - The persecuting Jews plainly saw, from the manner in which the proconsul had conducted this business, that they could have no hope of raising a state persecution against the apostles; and the laws provided so amply for the personal safety of every Roman citizen that then were afraid to proceed any farther in their violence. It would not be unknown that Paul was possessed of the right of Roman citizenship; and therefore his person was sacred as long as he did nothing contrary to the laws. Having shorn his head in Cenchrea - But who was it that shore his head?
Its western harbor, Lechea, was on the western side of the Grecian peninsula and faced the Adriatic Sea, while its eastern seaport, Cenchrea, faced the Aegean Sea on the eastern side of the peninsula, where the church at Corinth was founded Romans First of all, when did Paul make this vow? But, I think we can see from these two Scriptures that Paul fervently desired something in his spirit, but what was he desirous of?
We should also recall that in Leviticus one would shave himself as part of the process of being cleansed from various leprous types of infections, cf. Lev, which perhaps held some spiritual significance as a symbol of putting off the old so as to make a new beginning. And then there is the law of the Nazirite:.
In order to establish the fact that Paul and others of the early church observed much of the temple worship system, it is important to understand that Paul had taken a Nazarite vow, which was part of the temple worship system. He had taken this vow sometime before going to Jerusalem. Moreover, once he was at the temple in Jerusalem, he offered sacrifices in conjunction with his vow.