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published: 7/20/10
updated: 2/10/14

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The Apostle Paul



Who was the Apostle Paul?

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Many scholars believe that other than Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul is the most important person in the history of Christianity.

To readers of the New Testament, the Apostle's contribution is immediately clear, given that Paul wrote 13 of the 27 New Testament books. Yet the Apostle didn't just contribute to the literature of Christianity, but to it's thought, as he was the movement's first great theologian, and it's direction, because he was, by vocation, a missionary.

To understand Christianity one must understand the Apostle Paul.





Key Questions about the Apostle Paul

So who was the Apostle Paul? What is his background? How did he become a follower of Jesus Christ and a leader in the Christian faith? What can be learned from his writings? What were the highlights of his ministry?

The following articles look to answer these important questions and more.

The Apostle Paul: Index


Paul's Biography

This article explores the life of the Aposlte. It includes a timeline of major events in Paul's life, information about his hometown of Tarsus, his citizenship in the Roman Empire, his experience as a member of the Jewish faith, his persecution of Christians, and his conversion to Christianity.

Paul's Appearance

Many people who are intereted in the Apostle's life and thought are also curious about what he looked like. This article discusses Paul's appearance, incorporating the New Testament and traditional Christian thought.

Paul's Conversion

This article is an in-depth exploration of the Apostle's conversion to Christianity. How did Paul go from being a devout Jew, and persecutor of Christians, to being willing to die in order to spread the Christian faith? It's one of the most radical individual changes in recorded history.

Paul's Theology

The Apostle's theology - that is his beliefs and teachings about God, the world, humankind, and more - are found throughout all the articles in this series. To study his biography, his writings, and his mission trips is to study what Paul believed.
This article goes into more depth on a current theological issue in the study of the Apostle, called "The New Perspective on Paul." As the reader learns about the "new perspective," he or she is also exposed to the so-called "old perspective," thereby gaining a thorough understanding the important issues in Paul's thought.

Paul's Writings

The Apostle wrote 13 of the 27 books of the New Testament. This article explores who Paul wrote to and why.

Paul's First Missionary Journey

This article explores where the Aposlte went on his first mission trip. Giving New Testament references, it summarizes where Paul went, what he did, and what was accomplished.

Paul's Second Missionary Journey

This article explores where the Apostle went on his second mission trip. Giving New Testament references, it summarizes where Paul went, what he did, and what was accomplished.

Paul's Third Missionary Journey

This article explores where the Aposlte went on his third mission trip. Giving New Testament references, it summarizes where Paul went, what he did, and what was accomplished.

Paul's First Imprisonment

Giving New Testament references, this article explores the Apostle's first imprisonment as a Christian for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Paul at the Jerusalem Council

One of the most significant events in the early Christian church was the decision made at the Jerusalem Council, as recorded in Acts 15. This article discusses the Apostle's role in the important meeting.

Paul's Second Imprisonment

Giving New Testament references, this article explores the Apostle's first imprisonment as a Christian for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Paul's Further Travels and Death

This article discusses Paul's ministry after his third missionary journey as well as his death.