Jan 17, 2009
Cohick on Roman Citizenship
Lynn Cohick, one of the coauthors of The New Testanment in Antiquity, has a interesting post on Paul's Roman's citizenship. Cohicl argues that "it is possible that both his parents had been slaves, taken from the Jewish Homeland during one of its altercations with the Roman military machine. They were granted freedom and Roman citizenship, married, and could then bestow Roman citizenship on their son, Paul. If, however, Paul’s father was a citizen, but his mother was not, then their marriage was not licit, and Paul would have taken his mother’s status. As he was a Roman citizen, it is clear that his mother was a Roman citizen – we can only guess as to whether his father was as well."
You can read the entire post here.