I visited with Cephas (Gal. 1:18)

“Then after three years,

I went up to Jerusalem

To visit Cephas.

I stayed with him

Fifteen days.”

Ἔπειτα μετὰ τρία ἔτη ἀνῆλθον εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα ἱστορῆσαι Κηφᾶν, καὶ ἐπέμεινα πρὸς αὐτὸν ἡμέρας δεκαπέντε·

Paul said, “Then after three years (Ἔπειτα μετὰ τρία ἔτη), I went up to Jerusalem (ἀνῆλθον εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα) to visit Cephas (ἱστορῆσαι Κηφᾶν).  I stayed (καὶ ἐπέμεινα) with him fifteen days (πρὸς αὐτὸν ἡμέρας δεκαπέντε).”  Only this Galatian epistle used this word ἱστορῆσαι that means to inquire about, visit, or get acquainted with.  Paul said that it was about three years after his conversion or his stay in the desert that he left Damascus to go to Jerusalem.  In Acts, chapter 9:23-25, it was just many days that had passed, not three years.  Paul made a special visit to Cephas or Peter.  Paul used the Aramaic name Cephas throughout his letters when referring to Peter.  Paul stayed with Peter about two weeks.  During this time, he got more acquainted with this Jesus movement that he had been persecuting.  In Acts, chapter 9:26-30, this was much more of a confrontational visit to Jerusalem, where Barnabas helped him after he had escaped from Damascus.  Would you want to meet with the leader of your Christian movement?

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