A Brief History Of Apostle Paul

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Paul the ApostleThere are many apostles in the bible, all have their similarities and differences, but all have contributions to the life of Jesus Christ. Apostle Paul is also known as Saul of Tarsus. He was born as a Roman citizen and some say that he was named after the first king of Israel, King Saul. Across the Roman Empire, he is a prominent apostle of Christianity during the diffusion of the Gospel by the early Christian communities. In the area of Jerusalem, Apostle Paul was known to be a very devoted Christian.

Apostle Paul was on a trip to Damascus all the way from Jerusalem, with the mission to “bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem” and on that trip is where the resurrected Jesus appeared to him presented by a great light. With this miraculous event, Apostle Paul was shocked and struck blind, it took 3 days to get his sight back to normal. Then Apostle Paul began to lecture that Jesus of Nazareth is the Jewish messiah and the son of God.

He was one of the most prominent early Christian leaders, together with Simon, Peter and James the just. But he was privileged to rights, legal status and property for being a roman citizen.

There were 14 epistles accredited to Paul, but seven of the fourteen were questioned by the modern scholars. His idea of salvation is not according to works of law of that time, but is mostly linked to his faith. Most part of Apostle Paul’s life is found in the book of Acts, but this contains little information about the past life of Apostle Paul. His family is under the tribe of Benjamin of the Hebrews, a Pharisee, but there were very little information found about his family.

He was born in Tarsus that now in south central Turkey, but he was raised in Jerusalem. He was living under Gamaliel, a leading authority in Sanhedrin. Gamaliel even gave some level headed advice to the Sanhedrin to abstain from killing Jesus’ disciples.

His first mission was from Antioch to Cyprus, and his second was from Jerusalem to around Mediterranean Sea. Third was traveling around Galatia and Phrygia. He was arrested for causing chaos at a temple, and was imprisoned for 2 years. He got beheaded during the reign of Nero in Rome around mid 60’s – according to the bible and other history writings. It was announced in June 2009 that they would start excavating Apostle Paul’s tomb, located at the Basilica of Saint Paul. The bones found underwent a radiocarbon process to date them and revealed that they were dated on 1st or 2nd century and the other materials found were consistent to the claims of Paul’s tomb.

Paul has many statements that are still being argued at the modern day. There is a lot of information and relevant facts about Apostle Paul that can be found in the bible, these are just some highlighted facts about him.