Some Christians use Galatians 1:8-9 as a proof text for the bad behavior of cursing other people. But Paul was not actually cursing others in Galatians 1:8-9. He was making a joke about circumcision. This article explains more.
In Romans 9:3, Paul writes that he wishes to be accursed from Christ for his brethren, the Jewish people. Is Paul saying that he wished he could go to hell if it would mean that his Jewish brethren would believe in Jesus and become Christians? I think not, but what do you think?
Apostle of the Last Days by C. Marvin Pate is an excellent book showing how Jesus fulfills BOTH Jewish AND Graeco-Roman expectations for the last days. If you are preaching or teaching on any letter of Paul, I highly recommend this volume.
Kregel Academic recently sent me a book by John D. Harvey entitled, Interpreting the Pauline Letters. This book is s a helpful introductory guide to some of the exegetical, theological, contextual, and interpretive issues surrounding the letters of Paul.
In this principle of my chaos theory, I argue that just as Jesus incarnated Himself and appeared guilty on the cross, so also God incarnated Himself in Israelite history and appears guilty. From a human perspective, God appears guilty of horrendous crimes. But Jesus looked guilty on the cross, even though He was innocent. So also with God.
Do you want to learn to pray like Paul? Paul prayed that believers would glorify God through faithful obedience and grow in unity with each other. Also, he did not use any special language or terminology. The very things Paul writes about in his letters are the very things he prays about to God, using the same ideas, the same language, and the same style.