The Apostle: A Life of Paul by John Charles Pollock
The Acclaimed Biography of the Early Churchs Greatest Evangelist--the Apostle Paul.Master storyteller John Pollock makes Paul and his amazing story freshly alive, so that you can know the greatest apostle much as Luke and Timothy did as they traveled with him. As you turn the pages, youll sense Pauls motives, his aims and priorities; what mattered to him; and what he was willing to die for.
St. Paul the Apostle
Paul the Apostle , original name Saul of Tarsus , born 4 bce? In his own day, although he was a major figure within the very small Christian movement, he also had many enemies and detractors, and his contemporaries probably did not accord him as much respect as they gave Peter and James. Paul was compelled to struggle, therefore, to establish his own worth and authority. His surviving letters , however, have had enormous influence on subsequent Christianity and secure his place as one of the greatest religious leaders of all time. Paul is often considered to be the most important person after Jesus in the history of Christianity.
He took advantage of his status as both a Jew and a Roman citizen to minister to both Jewish and Roman audiences. According to the New Testament book Acts of the Apostles often simply called Acts , Paul was dedicated to persecuting the early disciples of Jesus in the area of Jerusalem prior to his conversion. He was struck blind, but after three days his sight was restored by Ananias of Damascus and Paul began to preach that Jesus of Nazareth is the Jewish Messiah and the Son of God. Thirteen of the twenty-seven books in the New Testament have traditionally been attributed to Paul. Pauline authorship of the Epistle to the Hebrews is not asserted in the Epistle itself and was already doubted in the 2nd and 3rd centuries. Today, Paul's epistles continue to be vital roots of the theology, worship and pastoral life in the Latin and Protestant traditions of the West , as well as the Eastern Catholic and Orthodox traditions of the East. It has been popularly assumed that Saul's name was changed when he became a follower of Jesus Christ, but that is not the case.
30 Interesting And Fun Facts About Paul The Apostle
Paul was a follower of Jesus Christ who famously converted to Christianity on the road to Damascus after persecuting the very followers of the community that he joined. However, as we will see, Paul is better described as one of the founders of the religion rather than a convert to it. Scholars attribute seven books of the New Testament to Paul; he was an influential teacher and a missionary to much of Asia Minor and present-day Greece. In the last century, scholars have come to appreciate Paul as the actual founder of the religious movement that would become Christianity. Paul was a Diaspora Jew, a member of the party of the Pharisees, who experienced a revelation of the resurrected Jesus.
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