24 Facts About Saint Paul

1. Saint Paul pointed out that there are no references to John the Baptist in the Pauline Epistles, although Paul mentions him several times in the book of Acts.

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2. Saint Paul features in an oratorio, a painting (by Ludwig Meidner) and a play (by Franz Werfel), and there have been several novels about Paul (by Shalom Asch and Samuel Sandmel).

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3. Saint Paul finally arrived in Rome around 60, where he spent another two years under house arrest.

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4. Saint Paul was held as a prisoner there for two years by Marcus Antonius Felix, until a new governor, Porcius Festus, reopened his case in 59.

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5. Saint Paul was seized and dragged out of the temple by an angry mob.

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6. Saint Paul finished his trip with a stop in Caesarea, where he and his companions stayed with Philip the Evangelist before finally arriving at Jerusalem.

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7. Saint Paul left for his second missionary journey from Jerusalem, in late Autumn 49, after the meeting of the Council of Jerusalem where the circumcision question was debated.

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8. At this meeting, Saint Paul states in his letter to the Galatians, Peter, James, and John accepted Paul's mission to the Gentiles.

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9. Saint Paul used the occasion to announce a change in his mission which from then on would be to the Gentiles.

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10. Saint Paul quotes from the Septuagint to assert that Jesus was the promised Christos who brought them forgiveness for their sins.

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11. Saint Paul said that his team came to town to bring the message of salvation.

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12. Saint Paul introduces Jesus as a descendant of David brought to Israel by God.

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13. Saint Paul reviews Israelite history from life in Egypt to King David.

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14. From this point on, Saint Paul is described as the leader of the group.

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15. Saint Paul appeared eager to bring material support to Jerusalem from the various growing Gentile churches that he started.

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16. Saint Paul claimed almost total independence from the Jerusalem community, but agreed with it on the nature and content of the gospel.

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17. Saint Paul describes in Galatians how three years after his conversion he went to Jerusalem.

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18. Saint Paul owed much to his training in the law and the prophets, utilizing this knowledge to convince his Jewish countrymen of the unity of past Old Testament prophecy and covenants with the fulfilling of these in Jesus Christ.

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19. Saint Paul referred to himself as being "of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee".

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20. Saint Paul was from a devout Jewish family in the city of Tarsus, one of the largest trade centers on the Mediterranean coast.

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21. The Book of Acts indicates that Saint Paul was a Roman citizen by birth, but Helmut Koester takes issue with the evidence presented by the text.

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22. Saint Paul was likely born between the years of 5 BC and 5 AD.

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23. Saint Paul took advantage of his status as both a Jew and a Roman citizen to minister to both Jewish and Roman audiences.

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24. Saint Paul is generally considered one of the most important figures of the Apostolic Age and in the mid-30s to the mid-50s AD he founded several churches in Asia Minor and Europe.

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