Maltese Citizens
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An island in the central Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily and Italy. In the book of Acts, Paul is shipwrecked on Malta while on his way to Rome for his hearing before the emperor.
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Malta (Μελίτη, Melitē; alternately Μελιτήνη, Melitēnē; or Μιλήτη, Milētē). An island in the central Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily and Italy. In the book of Acts, Paul is shipwrecked on Malta while on his way to Rome for his hearing before the emperor.
Paul the Apostle
Paul the Apostle (Παῦλος, Paulos). The “apostle to the Gentiles” who spread the message about Jesus Christ throughout the ancient world through his missionary efforts. Several of his letters are included in the New Testament canon.
Paul the Apostle, Critical Issues
Paul the Apostle, Critical Issues Examines scholarly topics related to the Apostle Paul, including:• the extent of the Pauline corpus;• the doctrine of justification by faith;• identification of Paul’s opponents;• Paul’s views regarding women;• the teachings of Paul and Jesus; and• cultural influences
Paul, New Perspective On
Paul, New Perspective On Paul, New Perspective on. A distinct scholarly viewpoint regarding the Apostle Paul’s attitudes toward Judaism, justification, righteousness, law, and salvation.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Malta (Place)
MALTA (PLACE) [Gk Melitē (Μελιτη)]. An island in the Mediterranean, about 60 mi. S of Cape Passero, Sicily and 220 mi. N of Tripoli, Libya; with 95 sq. mi., it is the largest of the five islands making up the modern country of Malta. Archaeological evidence exists for its occupation from about 3800
Paul (Person)
PAUL (PERSON) [Gk Paulos (Παυλος)]. An early Christian apostle who was perhaps the most important and creative figure in the history of the early Church, whose formulations of Christian faith as expressed in his epistles to fledgling churches have become part of the foundation for orthodox Christian
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Malta. Island in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily. The name Malta occurs only once in the Bible (Acts 28:1, kjv Melita), in connection with the shipwreck which occurred on Paul’s voyage to Rome (25:11, 12). This voyage was undertaken during the winter, the season in which storms are most likely
Melita. kjv form of Malta, an island south of Sicily, in Acts 28:1.See Malta.
Paul, The Apostle
Paul, The Apostle. Known as Saul of Tarsus before his conversion to Christianity and the most influential leader in the early days of the Christian church. Through his missionary journeys to Asia Minor and Europe, Paul was the primary instrument in the expansion of the gospel to the Gentiles. Moreover,
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
III. Assessment
III. AssessmentSaul’s life and character are treated in summary fashion by the Chronicler (1 Ch. 10:13f): “So Saul died for his unfaithfulness; he was unfaithful to the Lord in that he did not keep the command of the Lord, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance, and did not seek guidance from
Malta malʹte [Gk. Melitē (Acts 28:1)]; AV MELITA. The island where Paul was shipwrecked. Though some have identified Malta with Meleda on the east coast of the Adriatic Sea, the African Melita (Malta) is most likely the correct identification. The Romans called the island and principal town Melita.
Paul the Apostle
Paul the Apostle [Gk. Paulos]; in Acts before his conversion and for some time afterward, SAUL [Gk. Saulos, Saoul]. I. SourcesA. Acts of the ApostlesB. Pauline Epistles1. Paul As a Letter Writer2. Dating the EpistlesC. Acts and the Epistles Compared1. In Reference to Paul Himself2. In Reference
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
MALTA Island in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily. The name Malta occurs only once in the Bible (Acts 28:1, kjv “Melita”), in connection with the shipwreck that occurred on Paul’s voyage to Rome (25:11–12). This voyage was undertaken during the winter, the season in which storms are most likely
MELITA* kjv form of Malta, an island south of Sicily, in Acts 28:1. See Malta.
Paul, the Apostle
PAUL, THE APOSTLE Prominent leader of the first-century church; apostle to the Gentiles; author of 13 NT epistles.PreviewFamily and Cultural BackgroundEducationSaul the PersecutorConversion and CallingPreparation for MinistrySent Out from AntiochTraveling with BarnabasThe Council of
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
island. A number of specific islands are referred to in the Bible.1 Arvad, in northern Phoenicia, an island-city located two miles offshore (Ezek. 27:8, 11).2 Cauda, a small island south of Crete where, according to Acts, Paul took refuge during a storm (27:13–17).3 Chios, an island off the northern
Malta (mawl´tuh), ancient Melita, an island sixty miles south of Sicily, today making up, with two smaller islands to the northwest, the nation of Malta. First occupied in Neolithic times (ca. 8000–4500 bce), it began to be colonized by Phoenicians in the early first millennium bce and passed under the
Paulpaul the apostle was the most effective missionary of early Christianity and the most prominent of the church’s early theologians. Almost half of the books of the nt are attributed to him. Whatever else is said about Paul, he does not appear to have been “typical.” He was not “a typical Jew,” “a
Saul (sawl).1 A Benjaminite from the mountain village of Gibeah who became Israel’s first king. According to biblical tradition Saul was divinely appointed in response to a popular demand for a king, but he was not long in favor with God, who rejected him for disobedience. He spent much of his reign
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
MELITA. Commonly known as Malta (Acts 28:1, NASB), this tiny island (95 square miles) about 60 miles S of Sicily, was the site of Paul’s shipwreck. During his three months’ stay he healed sick people, was considered a god, and won a number of converts (Acts 28:1–10). Today many churches there honor St.
PAULBackgroundModern studies of Paul once again are emphasizing the fact of his Jewishness. Of the various strands within his cultural milieu, this seems basic. Writers such as W. D. Davies, Paul and Rabbinic Judaism (1948); J. Munck, Paul and the Salvation of Mankind (1959); H. J. Schoeps, Paul: The
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
MALTA (Gk. Melitē; Acts 28:1, av ‘Melita’). An island in the centre of the Mediterranean, 100 km S of Sicily and in area about 246 sq km (not to be confused with the island Mljet or Melitene off the Dalmatian coast; cf. O. F. A. Meinardus, ‘St Paul Shipwrecked in Dalmatia’, BA 39, 1976, pp. 145–147.)
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Malta (Gk. Melɩ́tē)Ancient Melita, the largest of the Maltese islands, ca. 100 km. (60 mi.) S of Sicily. The Phoenicians may have established a trading colony on the island; later Carthage, another Phoenician settlement, controlled Malta, giving the island its Punic character. In the Second Punic War
Paul (Gk. Paúlos)Except for Jesus, no one influenced the development of early Christianity more than Paul. He was the foremost apologist for the gentile mission, and the most eloquent defender of the centrality of Jewish traditions, Scriptures, deity, and morality for his predominantly gentile churches.
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Malta [môlˊtə] (Gk. Melitē). Ancient Melita, the largest of the Maltese islands, ca. 96 km. (60 mi.) south of Sicily. The island is believed to have been colonized by the Phoenicians ca. the ninth century B.C. (cf. Diodorus Siculus Hist. v.12). Some accounts indicate Greek occupation as
Paul [pôl] (Gk. Paulos).† A leading persecutor of Christians who became the Christian apostle to the Gentiles, known through his letters and the Acts of the Apostles.
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Chronology of Paul
Chronology of paulPauline chronology is concerned to establish the sequence and (where possible) the dates of events in Paul’s life. It is an area which has attracted much complex theorizing: this article will attempt simply to set out the parameters of the problem as clearly as possible.1. Sources
James and paulSince the Reformation James and Paul have often been viewed as having contradictory theologies, one focusing on works (see Works of the Law) and the other on grace. An examination of the critical texts shows, however, that in reality the two men used similar terms differently in separate
Jew, Paul the
Jew, paul theIn recent years a significant change has taken place in Pauline scholarship. During the first half of the twentieth century the dominant “history of religions” school emphasized a Hellenistic approach to Paul: Paul was understood to be a Hellenized Jew of the Diaspora. For example, R. Bultmann
Old Testament in Paul
Old testament in paulAlthough many Jews in the first century saw the Christian gospel as antithetical to their faith, Paul regarded his message as the fulfillment of God’s promises to Israel. His letters are therefore filled with OT references used to clarify and defend the gospel. This feature, unquestionably,
Catholic Bible Dictionary
B. Peter and Paul
B. Peter and PaulThe title “Acts of the Apostles” was given to the book at least by the second century a.d., but the book focuses chiefly on two main apostles: Peter and Paul. The entire book can, in fact, be divided into two major sections, the first following the leadership of Peter (chaps. 1–12)
MALTA An island in the central Mediterranean Sea that was first occupied in the early fourth millennium b.c. The island came under the control of the Romans in 218 b.c. and was governed as part of the province of Sicily. Paul washed up on the shores of Malta after a shipwreck caused by the severe winds
Paul of Tarsus
PAUL, OR SAUL OF TARSUS One of the greatest theologians, writers, and missionaries in the history of the Church. Paul had a decisive role in the spread of the Christian faith and was known as the apostle to the Gentiles (Rom 11:13).Paul’s letters make up approximately one-third of the New Testament.
Saul of Tarsus
SAUL OF TARSUS The Jewish name of Paul, who was born in Tarsus. As with King Saul in the Old Testament, he belonged to the tribe of Benjamin (Rom 11:1; Phil 3:5).
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