Paul’s Life – Background and Chronology

Paul, possibly the most famous of the apostles of Jesus Christ, was a scion of Jews of the Diaspora.  Until the Babylonian exile beginning in 605-586 BC, Israelites of the tribe of Judah were concentrated in Southern Palestine.  Afterwards, they were scattered all over the ancient Near East, with large communities thriving in Alexandria and… Read More Paul’s Life – Background and Chronology

Paul’s Missionary Journeys

A brief summary of the missionary trips of the Apostle Paul. As Christians read the New Testament, it is easy to forget how much time elapsed between Matthew and Revelation, almost 100 years.  Jesus died and rose again around 30 AD, and for two years the church grew, rapidly and in relative peace.  The persecution… Read More Paul’s Missionary Journeys

Paul’s Conversion – Why Three Accounts, and How Do They Differ?

The story of Paul’s conversion from a devout Jew, violently persecuting believers in Jesus, to a devout Christian, fearlessly spreading the Gospel against all opposition, is found three times in Acts.  The stories differ slightly. The first account, in Acts 9, narrated Paul’s conversion when it actually happened.  After being a ringleader in persecuting Christians… Read More Paul’s Conversion – Why Three Accounts, and How Do They Differ?