|Over the years I have had "some" try to
convince me that Paul was the first head
of the Church, not Peter.
There are different arguments. One I hear is that; "If
Peter was the first head of Christ's Church , why
did he write so little in the New Testament?" I have
never heard anyone explain this, but the New
Testament itself is quite clear about certain facts
pertaining to this matter.
Basically, the information at hand leads to a possible conclusion. The answer might
be that Peter was an uneducated man and Paul highly educated and much more at
ease with writing.
Act 5:34 But one in the council rising up, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law,
respected by all the people, (DR) Gamaliel (Gamalihl). The grandson of Hillel, teacher of
Paul (Acts_22:3), later president of the Sanhedrin, and the first of the seven rabbis termed
"Rabban." (Matthew Henry's Commentary - MHC)
"The high place accorded him in Jewish tradition, and the fact that the title of Rabban,
higher even than Rabbi or Master, was first bestowed upon him"(International Standard
Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE)
St. Paul studied under Gamaliel. In fact Paul was known as Gamaliel's star pupil. (Dr. Scott
Hahn) Paul was the 'whiz kid' of his time! He studied under one of the most famous
teachers in all of Hebrew history.
"at the feet of Gamaliel"
" a Pharisee of Pharisees"
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Acts 22:3 And he saith: I am a Jew, born at Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city, at
the feet of Gamaliel, taught according to the truth of the law of the fathers, zealous for the
law, as also all you are this day:
Acts 23:6 And Paul, knowing that the one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees,
cried out in the council: Men, brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees: concerning
the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
In fact, Paul was known, in some circles, for his great learning!
Acts 26:24 As he spoke these things and made his answer, Festus said with a loud voice:
Paul, thou art beside thyself: much learning doth make thee mad.
Peter, on the other hand, was known as uneducated.
Acts 4:13 Now seeing the constancy of Peter and of John, understanding that they were
illiterate and ignorant men,they wondered: and they knew them that they had been with
Paul was at ease with words whether in witting or spoken. He used his vast
knowledge as an artist using his pallet or a master swordsmen conquering a foe!
In light of what we know, it is fairly amazing that St. Peter wrote anything. It is especially
amazing that Paul subjected himself to the authority of Peter and even honored him as a
Galatians 1:18 Then 1899 after 3326 three 5140 years 2094 I went up 424 to 1519
Jerusalem 2414 to see 2477 Peter 4074, and 2532 abode 1961 with 4314 him 846 fifteen
1178 days 2250. (went up: or, returned) (KJV) 2477 historeo his-tor-eh'-o from a derivative
of 1492; to be knowing (learned), i.e. (by implication) to visit for information
Strong's Bible Dictionary
To visit Cephas (istorhsai Khfan). First aorist infinitive of istorew, old verb (from istwr, one
who knows by inquiry), to gain knowledge by visiting. (Robertson's Word Pictures -
This is the first instance of someone making a pilgrimage to see the Pope!
St. Paul traveling to St. Peter to sit at his feet and learn.
THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH!