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An excellent source of historical scholarship, The Life and Epistles of St. Paul juxtaposes Paul's writings with the events of his life. This gives the reader the ability to engage these biblical texts with a greater knowledge of context and perspective of the world Paul lived in, allowing them to analyze his writing with greater depth and accuracy.

They used the tackling, which we have described above, and which provided “helps” in such an emergency. They “undergirded” the ship with ropes passed round her frame and tightly secured on deck.1 And after this, or rather simultaneously (for, as there were many hands on board, these operations might all be proceeding together), they “lowered the gear.” This is the most literal translation of the Greek expression.2 In itself it is indeterminate: but it doubtless implies careful preparation for weathering
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