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Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary

II Corinthians 12:7-10
A contemplation of an assortment of Theories regarding Paul’s “Thorn in the Flesh”

An essay
Submitted to Dr. Rodney Woo
In Partial Fulfillment
Of the Requirements for the Course
New testament Orientation II
NBST522

By
Vernon L Langley
June 29, 2013
Table of Contents
Introduction--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------2 Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” as Described in II Cor. 12.1-9:--------------------------------------2 Hypothesis Surrounding Paul’s “thorn in the flesh”---------------------------------------------7 Conclusions regarding Paul’s “thorn in the flesh”---------------------------------------------- 14 Conclusion---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------14 Endnotes------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------15 Bibliography-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------18  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Introduction
Apostle Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” possibly will never be explicit; scripture offers valuable insight into his suffering and directs the person who reads to its possible identity through Paul’s suffering. “There was given to me a thorn in the flesh.” 1 This expressions stated by Apostle Paul in II Corinthians has develop into a thorn in the flesh of it’s own as perceived by theologians.  Even as many are able to grasp the authenticity of Paul’s “thorn” and its purpose in Paul’s life, no common hypothesis has been offered to resolve its identity.  It appears probable that Paul’s unique addressees understood the precise character of Paul’s “thorn” however; modern theologians are left mainly in the dark.  Even though numerous academics raise assumptions from what Paul wrote in II-Corinthians and other books, Paul furnishes...