HEBREW OF THE HEBREWS. When Paul asserted he was “a Hebrew out of Hebrews” (Phil 3:5, Gr.), he meant more than “born of” (RSV). Using a standard Semitic idiom (e.g., “holy of holies”), he indicated the superlative degree.
Hebrew of the Hebrews. A phrase used by Paul to describe himself (Gk. Hebraios ex Hebraiōn, Phil. 3:5). In this passage, the apostle was defending his integrity and recounting his pedigree for the benefit of his readers. In effect he was stating that he was of pure Hebrew stock and had retained the