Acts 22:28 states that Paul was a natural born Roman citizen, while Philippians 3:4-5 states he's a Hebrew. There are other passages in Scripture indicating his apparent dual citizenship. My view here is that he was a Roman citizen by virtue of his being born within Roman territory, while his heritage made him a Jew (something like being a person who was born in one country, but traces his roots in another). Am I correct? If so, please tell me where exactly he was born (if you could). -- Mark M.
You are right: Paul was a Roman citizen with Hebrew heritage. I would not call this "dual citizenship"; perhaps "dual culture" would be nearer the mark. Paul was born a citizen--unlike most living within the Empire. Citizenship was a high honor.
As for his birthplace, the New Testament says exactly where he was born. (I will leave it to you to do the homework!)
This article is copyrighted and is for private use and study only. © 2004. Reprints or public distribution is prohibited without the express consent of Douglas Jacoby.