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Book of Colossians Bible Study - Part 1
by Norma Becker
Part 1 - Background
We are going to study Colossians, but first let’s get some background….
Who Wrote it?
Who was Paul?
Tarsus was a city in what was then the Roman Empire. The location now is in the country of Turkey.
His parents named him Saul after Israel’s first King, the most glorious member of the Israelite tribe of Benjamin. His parents could trace their ancestry back to this tribe. His parents must have had some property and wealth and also some standing in the Gentile community since the book of Acts tells us that he was a citizen of Tarsus and also a citizen of Rome - which was quite significant then.
Paul was sent to Jerusalem to study Jewish law under the foremost rabbi of his day, the Pharisee Gamaliel. (Acts 22:3; Galatians 1:14)
The Hebrew word for Pharisees means (the separated ones) and they felt that God had set them apart to live and to teach in strict accordance with the Torah (the Law or Teaching of Moses; first five books of Bible.) The were the “religious of the religious.”
Pharisees vs. the Jews
There was one man in particular that we read about in Acts 6:8. The believers in Jesus began to be called “The Way.” The persecution became so great that many were driven out and went to Damascus (now in Lebanon).
Saul Begins to See the Light
After a few years, God called him to proclaim Jesus as Savior to the Gentiles also. Saul took the Greek name “Paul” when he turned to work among the Gentiles.
First Missionary Journey
In all, Paul had what we call three missionary journeys. This was the first one.
Second Missionary Journey
Third Missionary Journey
He was placed in the custody of a centurion and put on a ship along with a couple of Paul’s friends. They had a trip of several months that included a shipwreck and a long walk after they reached Italy. Read Acts 27.
According to tradition, Paul was released from prison and continued to travel around the Mediterranean world. Again, according to tradition, he was arrested and imprisoned about five or six years later, apparently during the persecution by Nero, then he was executed outside the walls of Rome.
If you want to know about all the trials and tribulations that Paul went through on his journeys, read Acts. It is a fascinating adventure story.
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