The apostle, the most effective missionary of early Christianity and the church’s first major theologian. Known as Saul within the Aramaic-speaking community, he was usually called Paul according to the Greco-Roman form of his name. Almost half of the writings of the NT (thirteen out of twenty-seve) are attributed to him. In a few passages in his letters, Paul relates autobiographical information: his upbringing in Judaism (Phil 3:4-6); his call (Gal 1:13-17); his trips to Jerusalem (Gal 1:18-2:14); his approach to ministry (1Thess 2:1-12); and the hardships he suffered (2Cor 11:23-29). In addition, the book of Acts relates numerous narratives of his life (Acts 7:58-8:3; Acts 9:1-30; Acts 11:25-30; Acts 12:25-28:31) and includes speeches in which he presents brief summaries of his own biography (Acts 22:1-21; Acts 26:2-23). A Pharisee who was loyal to Jewish tradition, Paul initially persecuted Christian believers until he had an experience that he would describe as an encounter with the risen Christ. He became a missionary, focusing his efforts on ministry to Gentiles, whom he believed could receive the grace of God on an equal footing with Jews, i.e., through faith in Christ.
4even though I, too, have reason for confidence in the flesh.
If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more:5circumcised on the eighth day ... View more
13You have heard, no doubt, of my earlier life in Judaism. I was violently persecuting the church of God and was trying to destroy it.14I advanced in Judaism be ... View more
18Then after three years I did go up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and stayed with him fifteen days;19but I did not see any other apostle except James the Lord's ... View more
Paul's Ministry in Thessalonica
1You yourselves know, brothers and sisters, that our coming to you was not in vain,2but though we had already suffered and been ... View more
23Are they ministers of Christ? I am talking like a madman—I am a better one: with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless floggings, and oft ... View more
58Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.59While they were stoni ... View more
The Conversion of Saul
1Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest2and asked him for letters ... View more
25Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul,26and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for an entire year they met with the chur ... View more
25Then after completing their mission Barnabas and Saul returned to Jerusalem and brought with them John, whose other name was Mark.
Chapter 13Barnabas and Saul ... View more
1“Brothers and fathers, listen to the defense that I now make before you.”2When they heard him addressing them in Hebrew, they became even more quiet. Then he s ... View more
2“I consider myself fortunate that it is before you, King Agrippa, I am to make my defense today against all the accusations of the Jews,3because you are especi ... View more