Maps of Paul's journeys

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Re: Maps of Paul's journeys

Postby jerryl » Sat Nov 19, 2005 5:41 pm

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Postby mlovell » Sun Nov 20, 2005 8:48 pm

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Postby mlovell » Sun Nov 20, 2005 9:04 pm

*****And in Acts 18:18, why did Paul cut his hair? Is this referring to a "haircut", or to the ever-popular Yul Brenner look? The question is WHY? I can't find even a smattering of speculation about this. Anyone?



Now Luke tells us an interesting thing: Paul had his hair cut before boarding the ship. This would have been a part of the Nazirite vow in preparation for Jerusalem. The vow had originally been a lifetime of absinence from wine and the shaving of the head. In Paul's day it was limited to thirty days. The hair was cut and offered as part of a sacrifice at Jerusalem. If a Jew began the thirty-day period away from Jerusalem, the hair was cut and saved until he reached Jerusalem, at which time his head would be shaved.

Paul had been through a difficult time and the Lord had helped him out of his valley. In performing this Nazarite vow, he expressed his gratitude and his recommitment to his central purpose and plan, and at the same time reaffirmed rather than negated his Hebrew heritage.
-- Lloyd J. Ogilvie, The Communicator's Commentary:Acts
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