74 Facts About St Paul

1. St Paul thought that membership in the body of Christ really changed people, so that they would live accordingly.

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2. St Paul wanted them to be "blameless", "innocent", and "without blemish" when the Lord returned.

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3. St Paul would not have to change his message, but he would take up a collection for the Jerusalem church, which was in need of financial support, though Paul's Gentile churches were hardly well off.

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4. St Paul appears to have spent two years in a Roman prison, during which time some historians believe he wrote the books of Ephesians and Philemon.

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5. St 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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6. St 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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7. St Paul finally arrived in Rome around 60, where he spent another two years under house arrest.

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8. St 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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9. St Paul was seized and dragged out of the temple by an angry mob.

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

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

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12. St Paul said that his team came to town to bring the message of salvation.

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13. St Paul introduces Jesus as a descendant of David brought to Israel by God.

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

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15. St 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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16. St Paul describes in Galatians how three years after his conversion he went to Jerusalem.

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17. St 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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18. St 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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19. St 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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20. In 1978, John St Paul made history by becoming the first non-Italian pope in more than four hundred years.

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21. St Paul inaugurated the synod system of consultation of the early Church that Vatican II called for.

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22. St Paul is home to several notable institutions of higher leaning, including Bethel University, Hamline University, University of St Thomas, and Macalester College.

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23. St Paul is home to the Saint Paul Bike Classic bike tour, and the Twin Cities Marathon.

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24. St Paul provides a good assortment of arts and entertainment offerings.

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25. St Paul acquired his education in Jerusalem under the leadership of Gamaliel.

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26. Saint St Paul was a Hellenic Jew from the town of Tarsus, Cilicia, which is modern Southeastern Turkey.

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27. In 1986 John St Paul invited the leaders of all major religions to Assisi, Italy, for a universal prayer service for world peace.

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28. St Paul is home to Summit Avenue, the country's longest preserved avenue of Victorian houses and buildings.

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29. In 1992, Saint St Paul became the first city in the US to sponsor and open a charter school, now found in most states across the nation.

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30. Saint St Paul is second in the United States in the number of higher education institutions per capita.

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31. Saint St Paul is the heart of Minnesota's 4th congressional district, represented by Democrat Betty McCollum.

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32. Saint St Paul is the capital of the state of Minnesota.

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33. Saint St Paul hosts a number of professional, semi-professional, and amateur sports teams.

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34. City of Saint St Paul has financed city development by use of tax increment financing.

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35. Saint St Paul has a continental climate typical of the Upper Midwestern United States.

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36. St Paul is among the most famous, intelligent and influential of the apostles.

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37. St Paul traveled throughout much of Europe, particularly in Macedonia, Greece, and Italy.

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38. St Paul traveled the world, first to Arabia then back to Damascus.

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39. St Paul responded to this by stating that the transformation to a Christ-like spiritual body was already beginning.

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40. St Paul believed that the God of Israel was the one true God, who had redeemed the Israelites from bondage in Egypt, given the Israelites the law, and sent his Son to save the entire world.

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41. St Paul opposed making these aspects of the law mandatory for his Gentile converts.

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42. St Paul wanted them to be "blameless", "innocent", and "without blemish" when the Lord returned.

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43. St Paul treated some of these possible competitors—such as Prisca, Aquila, Junia, and Andronicus—in a very friendly manner, while he looked on others with suspicion or hostility.

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44. St Paul conceded that he was not an eloquent speaker.

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45. St Paul believed that his vision proved that Jesus lived in heaven, that Jesus was the Messiah and God's Son, and that he would soon return.

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46. St Paul was on his way to Damascus when he had a vision that changed his life: according to Galatians 1:16, God revealed his Son to him.

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47. St Paul was compelled to struggle, therefore, to establish his own worth and authority.

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48. St Paul opposed the Judaistic group vigorously, and the council decided against them.

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49. St Paul spent another two years in prison for preaching in Rome.

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50. St Paul was about to go to Spain when the Jews put him in prison for two years.

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51. St Paul continued his world travels, visiting Macedonia, Greece and Italy.

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52. St Paul went home and preached there until he was summoned to go to Antioch, where he spent a year with Barnabas.

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53. Saint St Paul is a thriving commercial center in our own right—home to Fortune 500 company headquarters, large regional enterprises and countless small businesses and professional firms.

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54. St Paul took the basic facts of Jesus' life and his main formulation of doctrine and molded them into the simple terms of a Semite and Judaic thinker.

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55. Until the latter period of his life, St Paul moved through these Jewish communities as a Jew.

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56. St Paul was thus heir to the long, rich, and varied tradition of Pharisaism as it culminated in the latter days of the Second Temple.

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57. St Paul derived from his early education a thorough knowledge of both the oral and the written Jewish law.

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58. St Paul lived in the closing days of the Second Jewish Commonwealth.

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59. St Paul was sent at an early age to Jerusalem to attend Bible school.

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60. St Paul was born in the Roman city Tarsus, located in today's Turkey.

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61. St Paul was originally known as Saul, and he was a Roman citizen and a Pharisee.

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62. Saint St Paul is one of the most important and influential of all the saints.

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63. Saint St Paul is the county seat of Ramsey County, the smallest and most densely populated county in Minnesota.

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64. Saint St Paul is the capital and second-most populous city of the US state of Minnesota.

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65. St Paul has joined Minneapolis in becoming the first Midwestern cities to pass a $15 minimum wage, establishing the Twin Cities as regional leaders in the struggle against poverty wages.

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66. St 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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67. St 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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68. St Paul used the occasion to announce a change in his mission which from then on would be to the Gentiles.

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69. St Paul reviews Israelite history from life in Egypt to King David.

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70. From this point on, St Paul is described as the leader of the group.

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71. St 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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72. The Book of Acts indicates that St Paul was a Roman citizen by birth, but Helmut Koester takes issue with the evidence presented by the text.

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73. St Paul was likely born between the years of 5 BC and 5 AD.

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74. St 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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