Saul & the Nabateans

Acts 9:19b-25 ~ Saul & the Nabateans

This week we took a closer look at few passages that describe a time in Saul’s first few years as a follower of Jesus—particularly his time in Arabia (Nabatea). This journey is NOT mentioned in Acts at all; however, Paul mentions it in both his letter to the church in Galatia and his second (third?) letter to the church in Corinth.  We discovered a soap-opera-worthy scandal between the King of Nabatea and Herod Antipas of Galilee which explains why a Nabatean was ruling Damascus at this time. This is one of the only times that Paul’s writings easily line up with Luke’s record of the early church in Acts. 

Click to read this week’s passages in KJV, CSB, ESV, NIV:
Acts 9:19b-30 and Galatians 1:11-24 and 2 Corinthians 11:32-33

Acts 9:19b-25 ~ Saul & the Nabateans

Piecing together Saul’s first years as a Christ Follower

* Recorded: LIVE. This audio has been edited for class member privacy, time, and content.


PowerPoint Presentation:

There was no PowerPoint this week. However, one of our class members highly recommended this documentary about Petra and the Nabatean Kingdom. Enjoy!

Spotify Playlist (for fun):

Click to listen to the Spotify Playlist Inspired by Saul’s Life (for entertainment purposes only; not religious music)

Notes on the Whiteboard:

Acts 9 - Aretas
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Chronology of the New Testament (& Paul’s Life):

Chronology of New Testament
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Map of Roman Empire During Paul’s Life:

Map of Roman Empire 1st Century

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Photo Credit: @bmk001 on

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About the author: Laura Zielke

Laura Zielke (ZELL-key) is a deep thinker and Bible scholar. She is not afraid to question tradition and challenges people to evaluate their beliefs according to the Scriptures. Laura earned her M-Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Biblical Studies, Archaeology, and Languages. She has been blessed to serve as a lay leader in local churches for more than thirty years. Having been recognized as an outstanding leader, teacher, and entrepreneur, Laura serves as the Community Manager for the Nonprofit Leadership Lab (an organization dedicated to helping nonprofit leaders worldwide accomplish their mission). She and her husband of 22 years have one son who is in the 11th grade and homeschooled. Laura is an INTJ on the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and 1w9 on the Enneagram. She enjoys helping people discover more about themselves, the Lord, and their purpose in life. Connect with her on social media: @thezwomann (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest).

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