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Paul

Paul, previously called Saul, was the son of Jewish parents (his father being a Roman citizen). He was born in the Greek‐speaking city of Tarsus in Cilicia, and trained in Jerusalem under the Rabbi Gamaliel (Acts 22: 3 ). His conversion on the road to Damascus, where there were already Christians, and his beginning to preach, is described in Acts 9: 1–22 . Galatians 1: 17–18 suggests that after his conversion he spent time in ‘Arabia’, returned to Damascus, and that he visited Peter in Jerusalem three years later. He was subsequently brought from Tarsus to Antioch by Barnabas (Acts 11: 25–6 ). Thereafter he began his series of journeys by land and sea, preaching the good news ‘from Jerusalem as far around as Illyricum’ (Rom. 15: 19 ). (See ‘Paul's Journeys’ .) Throughout, Paul maintained contact with the Church and its leaders at Jerusalem, and visited Jerusalem, probably in 57, after which (he indicated in Romans 15: 28 ) it was his intention to visit Rome and then travel to Spain.

But the account in Acts records that in Jerusalem, as a result of Jewish hostility, Paul was arrested (Acts 21: 30 ). He was transferred to Caesarea (Acts 23: 33 ) where he eventually appealed to Caesar (Acts 25: 11 ). He was transported by sea, under Roman escort, via Myra in Lycia and along the south coast of Crete (Acts 27: 5–8 ) and on towards Italy. As a result of a severe storm he was shipwrecked on the island of Malta (Acts 28: 1 ), but three months later he was conveyed by sea via Syracuse in Sicily to Puteoli on the coast of Italy, and thence to Rome (Acts 28: 11–14 ). There he remained under house arrest (Acts 28: 16 ). He was probably executed under Nero.

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