It was a 6th Century BC, poet named Epimenides who wrote a poem, Cretica, and in his poem he wrote…‘For in you we live and move and have our being.’
Paul quoted from Epimenides’ Cretica, when he wrote …‘For in you we live and move and have our being.’ So it seems Paul took the saying from the Epimendes poem. It was NOT Paul’s.
When I read that long ago, I never even thought about the word ‘poet.’ Did you? Or…did you, like me, just read it and didn’t investigate the saying?
And in the same above saying of Paul, he again quotes, but from yet another poet, Aratus’ who was a third-century B.C. Greek poet who had written in his poem…. ‘For we are indeed his offspring. So again Paul quoted, and it was not his own saying.
Didn’t you believe that when you read a passage, it was the original writing of the writer? I did. I never imagined they would quote poets and who knows who else.
Just imagine, we read the Bible and we believe that what we are reading, is something said/written by the writer. But it seems we are wrong. If wrong about what we believe about the authors of the Bible being the ones to have said whatever it is we are reading…pray tell…what else do we believe that is NOT true?
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