Saint Paul is a strange bird. I like him. A lot.
I say this because while he was most likely aware that he was writing the inspired Word of God (consider such texts as Galatians 2:1-9 and 2 Peter 3:15-16), he is also aware of his literary skill, and the Holy Spirit allows him a certain measure of personal liberty to scribe things that span a vast spectrum of literary themes, forms, devices, and imagery. I am particularly intrigued by the way he employs devices of emphasis.
For example, being someone who appreciates poetry, I am quite fond of Paul’s engaging with poetic sources. He does this while preaching to the people of Athens in Acts 17:28. In fact, there . . . Read All