Arabia (Gal. 1:17)

“I did not go up

To Jerusalem

To those who were apostles

Before me,

But I went away

Into Arabia.

Afterward,

I returned to Damascus.”

οὐδὲ ἀνῆλθον εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα πρὸς τοὺς πρὸ ἐμοῦ ἀποστόλους, ἀλλὰ ἀπῆλθον εἰς Ἀραβίαν, καὶ πάλιν ὑπέστρεψα εἰς Δαμασκόν.

Paul said, “I did not go up to Jerusalem (οὐδὲ ἀνῆλθον εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα) to those who were apostles before me (τοὺς πρὸ ἐμοῦ ἀποστόλους), but I went away into Arabia (ἀλλὰ ἀπῆλθον εἰς Ἀραβίαν).  Afterward, I returned to Damascus (καὶ πάλιν ὑπέστρεψα εἰς Δαμασκόν).”  Only this Galatian epistle used this word Ἀραβίαν, that means Arabia, a peninsula of Asia near Africa, south of Palestine, or the trans-Jordan desert area.  Paul maintained that he did go to Jerusalem after his conversion as a follower of Christ to get in touch with the other early apostles of Jesus.  Instead, he went into Arabia.  In Acts, chapter 9, there was no mention of Paul going to Arabia.  This was the desert experience of Paul.  He may have gone to Mount Sinai or Mount Horeb on the Sinai Peninsula to be like Moses.  Then he returned to Damascus, and not Jerusalem.  Where have you traveled to?

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