Did Paul Follow the Law of Moses?


Now Paul and his companions put out to sea from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia; but John left them and returned to Jerusalem.  But going on from Perga, they arrived at Pisidian Antioch, and on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down (Acts 13; 13-14 NASB).

For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus so that he would not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hurrying to be in Jerusalem, if possible on the day of Pentecost (Acts 20: 16 NASB).

As his custom was, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that the Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead.  “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Christ” (Acts 17: 2-3 NIV).

Every Sabbath he [Paul] reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks” (Acts 18: 4 NIV).

We [Paul and others] sailed from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread [Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread], and came to them at Troas within five days; and there we stayed seven days (Acts 20: 6 NASB).

Much time had been lost, and sailing had already become dangerous because by now it was after the Fast [Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement] (Acts 27: 9 NIV).

English: Acts of the Apostles 28:30-31
English: Acts of the Apostles 28:30-31 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


After we arrived in Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.  And the following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present.  After he had greeted them, he began to relate one by one the things which God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.  And when they heard it they began glorifying God; and they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed, and they are all zealous for the Law; and they have been told about you, that you are teaching all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs.  What, then, is to be done:  They will certainly hear that you have come.  Therefore do this that we tell you.  We have four men who are  under a vow; take them and purify yourself along with them, and pay their expenses so that they may shave their heads; and all will know that there is nothing to the things which they have been told about you, but that you yourself also walk orderly, keeping the Law (Acts 21: 17-24 NASB).


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