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  1. Very good discussion of trauma reaction in Paul. It’s also important to note that Paul’s perspective was not as a victim but as a “willing participant “ in what would come his way. One difference between Paul’s trauma and trauma generally experienced by most is that he expected it. Part of the vulnerability to PTSD is the shock to the brain of the unexpected traumatic event. Paul’s understanding of his call and the words of warning from the Holy Spirit and friends was God’s grace in preparing him for trauma. Paul also understood that the hateful violence perpetrated on him was not directed at his person but at his message.
    All these factors played a part in Paul’s reaction to traumatic events.

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