Was Paul saying, “Jesus appeared to me!”

“Yes, after all…
  • In 1 Cor 9:1, Paul says “Have I not seen”?

      1 Corinthians 9:1Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord?

  • In 1 Cor 15:8f, Paul says “He appeared to me”

      1 Cor 15:8-10and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.

  • Acts 9, 22, 26 etc. says so

      The author of Acts reported very clearly, and in multiple places, that Paul was saying Jesus appeared to him.

      Acts 9:3-4, 17, 27“appeared to you.. seen the Lord on the road”
      Acts 22:6-8, 14-15
      “He said to me, ‘I am Jesus’…”
      Acts 26:13-15
      “I am Jesus... what you have seen.”*
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      So? Plausibly...
      • Acts is inventing “Jesus appeared to Paul” [Forthcoming]
      • Acts is sincerely mistaken about what Paul says.

  • In Gal 1:16, Paul says “revealed to me”

      Gal 1:11, 15-16I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.. God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased 16 to reveal His Son in [or “to”] me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles,

      This is relevant because...

      Michael Licona: “Most scholars maintain that Paul is referring here to his conversion experience on the road to Damascus.” [The Resurrection of Jesus (IVP Academic, 2011), 375.]

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