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Galatians 1:17-18 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; rather, I went into Arabia[a] and then returned to Damascus.

18 [b]Then after three years[c] I went up to Jerusalem to confer with Cephas and remained with him for fifteen days.

Footnotes:

  1. 1:17 Arabia: probably the region of the Nabataean Arabs, east and south of Damascus.
  2. 1:18–24 Paul’s first journey to Jerusalem as a Christian, according to Galatians (cf. Acts 9:23–31 and the note on Acts 12:25). He is quite explicit about contacts there, testifying under oath (Gal 1:20). On returning to Syria (perhaps specifically Damascus, cf. Gal 1:17) and Cilicia (including his home town Tarsus, cf. Acts 9:30; 22:3), Paul most likely engaged in missionary work. He underscores the fact that Christians in Judea knew of him only by reputation.
  3. 1:18 After three years: two years and more, since Paul’s call. To confer with Cephas may mean simply “pay a visit” or more specifically “get information from” him about Jesus, over a two-week period. Cephas: Aramaic name of Simon (Peter); cf. Mt 16:16–18 and the notes there.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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