Galatians 1:15

From: Eric Weiss (
Date: Fri Jan 23 1998 - 11:39:12 EST

Help, please, from anyone with a commentary on Galatians 1:15

"who separated me out of my mother's womb"

Is this a Hebrew (or Greek) idiom? I.e., does it just mean either: a)
from the time I was still within my mother's womb or b) from the time I
was born? Or is it non-idiomatic, i.e., does the preposition EK ("out
of") have a special sense for Paul here, i.e., he separated me "out
of/out from" my mother's womb/took me out of my human existence/realm
(see Galatians 4:4 GENOMENON EK GUNAIKOS with reference to Jesus having
a human birth)? I opt for the simple idiomatic meaning, but a friend
said he's read something where the author was giving it this more
spiritual or mystical interpretation.

"Eric S. Weiss"

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