Christian missionary who once persecuted
Area of Paul's
Paul was a missionary apostle mainly to Gentiles.
His journeys, sufferings, words and works are
described in the Acts
of the Apostles and in letters
which he wrote to the churches at Rome, Corinth,
and other places. His Hebrew name was Saul,
but he is better known to us as Paul. He was
a Pharisee, strictly trained in the law and
Jewish traditions, and a Roman citizen. Paul's
trade was tent-making. Paul approved of
the stoning of Stephen and Paul himself persecuted
His conversion occurred on the road to Damascus
when a light from heaven flashed about him and
he heard a voice: "Saul, Saul, why do you
persecute me?" Paul was temporarily blinded,
but was healed by a Christian named Ananias.
Thereafter Paul was zealous to proclaim publicly
Jesus as the Christ.
People were astonished because Paul had formerly
persecuted the church. The book of Acts recounts
his work on three extended missionary journeys
through Asia Minor and Greece. On these journeys
Paul helped establish Christian congregations
in many cities around the eastern and northern
He was eventually arrested in Jerusalem on charges
of bringing Greeks into the Temple, then he
was imprisoned in Caesarea for two years.
After he appealed his case to the emperor he
was sent to Rome. During the voyage he
was shipwrecked but found refuge on Malta.
In Rome he was placed under house arrest for
two years. His death is not recorded in
the Bible although later traditions say that
he was martyred.
9:1-19 - Conversion
21:27-36 - Arrest
28:11-31 - Rome