On March 17, a Mr. Shirk asserts Paul remained a Jew to the end, not a Christian.
The word "Jew" is only correctly applicable when referring to a descendant of the tribe of Judah. Paul was a Benjaminite. However, in the time of Jesus, the term "Jew identified anyone living in Judea of any nationality. Josepheus says Jerusalem was a racially mixed people of Babylonian, Hittite, Edomite (Easu) as well as Judahites.
Paul's relation to the word "Jew" was either from living in Judea or following the tradition of his fathers, Judaism, which came from the Babylonian Talmud, the oral laws and tradition. It was not the law of Moses.
Paul wrote Galatians, exposing the false doctrine of the Judaziers from Jerusalem, Chapter 1:13, "when I was in Judaism." Past tense, no longer following Judaism.
Paul wrote Phjillipians. Chapter 3, Paul details his past status in Judaism. He had it all. Notice verse 7, he says, "The things that were gain to me I count as loss for Christ." Then notice in verse 8, where he further says these things he counted gain, w ere now trash for the excellency of Christ.
Doesn't sound like he valued his former Judaism very highly. One translator instead of using the word "trash" used the word "dung" that which was only fit to be thrown in the street.
Two more points: In Romans 8:1, Paul states, "There is no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus." And in Galatians 3:27, Paul states, "As many as were immersed into Christ have put on Christ." Acts 9:18 states," Scales fell from his eyes, his sight came back and he was immersed, even before eating though he had not eaten for three days."
Sorry, Mr. Shirk, but Paul was a Christian and repudiated his former Judaism as he should as it was and is the traditions of men and condemned by the Lord, Matthew 15:7-9, in which he calls them hypocrites, says they are following tradition and teaching the doctrines of men. Some men still are. Yes, Paul was a Christian.
Robert E. Pritchard