Paul quotes pagan philosophers writings - The False Prophets

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Paul who never met Jesus, never uses any of Jesus sayings. He seems to be well versed in pagan philosophers writings which includes: Arastus – 300 B.C.E., Epimenides – 600 B.C.E., Menander – 350 B.C.E, Hippolytus – 430 B.C.E, Terence – 200 B.C.E., Mahaparinibbana sutta Buddhist scriptures – B.C.E. 

 

 

Pauls writings

Pagan philosophers writings

"For we are also his offspring."

Source: Acts 17:28 KJV

"We are also his* offspring."

Source: Aratus-Phaenomen, *referring to Zeus 16

"For in him we live, and move, and have our being;"

Source: Acts 17:28 KJV

"For in him we live and move and have our being"

Source: Epimenides, Hymn to Zeus 17

"kick against the pricks"

Source: Acts 9:5 KJV

"Kick against the pricks"

Source: Aeschylus, Agamemnon   18

"Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons."

Source: Titus 1:12 NIV

"Cretans are always liars, evil brutes lazy gluttons."

Source: Epimenides, Cretica 19

"Bad company corrupts good character."

Source: 1 Corinthians 15:33 NIV

"Bad company corrupts good character"

Menander 19

"work out your own salvation with fear and trembling."

Source: Phillipians 2:12 KJV

"Work out your own salvation with diligence"

Source: Mahaparinibbana sutta Buddhist scriptures 20

For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do."

Source: Romans 7:19  ESV

"The good that I would I do not; but the evil which I would not do, that I do"

Source: Euripides – Hippolytus 21

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