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Subject: Re: Names of the apostles...
Author: Anneza   (guest)
Date: August 30, 2004 at 1:00:58 AM
Reply to: Re: Names of the apostles... by Andy
As a Jew, he had a Hebrew name - Saul. As a Roman (a citizen of no mean city ...) he had a Latin name - Paul. They look and no doubt sounded pretty similar so would have been an easy choice.

Paul could equally have been a nickname, based on his Hebrew name and very relevant for a physically small man.

My Jewish friends today usually go for a Hebrew name with the same initial as their English names - Denis is David for liturgical purposes, Jackie is Yael, Penny is Pnina. But, Anne and Myrna are Chana and Miriam, using the original forms! It seems to be a pleasantly relaxed system.

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