Thank you, AG. Thank you also for the post on the Essenes. Most informative, yet don't miss the opening line "they are postulated to be..." As for Paul's 3 years, he doesn't say what he was doing for those 3 years. the book of Acts contradicts his claim that he went to Arabia before going to Jerusalem.
I stand corrected on the reasons the Jews don't write God but G-d. Thank you.
Thanks for everything. May God bless you.
For me, Galatians 1:11-20 is a whole testimony, from "But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man" through "Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not" and thus I do read it as Paul's testimony that he spent 3 years in something of a "sabbatical" wherein the Holy Spirit directly revealed the Gospel of Jesus Christ to him.
May God ever bless you, dear kosta50! I look forward to your future posts here or elsewhere on the forum - and especially, to meeting you "on the other side" if not in this life first.