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In what regard?Paul is a bit enigmatic in this regard,
Indeed, but he believed it.Anything he could have possibly known of Jesus the man was second hand, hearsay even.
The Eucharist reference in 1 Corinthians is clearly a received oral tradition – probably Liturgical. As I read it, Paul had an epiphany, went away to sort himself out, and came back, some years later, a full-blown Christian on a mission to spread the word.
I don't think such epiphanies have to conform to any rational pattern? Why do you say that's not how it works?...but anyone who has experienced any kind of supernatural epiphany understands that's not how it works.
Oh, if that's what you mean, then yes, I agree. I would have thought Paul had some grasp of the Christian teaching as a self-elected persecutor of Christians.It isn't like Paul had instantaneous intimate knowledge of what took place during Jesus' ministry other than perhaps popular reports.
Perhaps Paul started out as an apocalyptic preacher who saw bringing the gentile within the fold was a precursor to the End Times?but I can see where he may have had an adjustment to that understanding.
As Christ's Apostle to the Gentiles, Paul taught that pagans did not have to become Jews, but that they did have to commit to worshiping Israel's God, and live according to moral law. All would be one in Christ
According to Paula Fredriksen, Paul's experience of the Risen Christ located the Resurrection in line with Jewish apocalyptic thought. His role was to turn pagans from their gods to Christ.
Clearly there were disagreement over the issue oif Gentile integration. Some taught that circumcision was necessary for a full conversion to Judaism. Paul adamantly disagreed – the presence of Christ and the Holy Spirit within Gentile communities attested to their "adoption" – as Paul says in Galatians 3:
"For you are all the children of God by faith, in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized in Christ, have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek: there is neither bond nor free: there is neither male nor female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you be Christ's, then are you the seed of Abraham, heirs according to the promise." (v26-29).