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‘Paul was a very intelligent man’

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‘Paul was a very intelligent man’

Question: How many books in the New Testament did Paul write? Can you tell me something about Paul’s life?

Answer: Out of the 27 Books written in the New Testament 21 are referred to as ‘Epistles or letters’. Paul was the author of 14 epistles.  Please note that many biblical scholars, theologians and historians claim that Paul was not the author of the epistle of Hebrews. Nevertheless, the 14 epistles written are: Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon and Hebrews.

Paul’s birth name was Saul. The book of Acts 22:3-5states that Paul was born in Tarsus of Cilicia and had a Roman citizenship.  Acts 23:6 stated that Paul was a Pharisee and his Jewish studies were under chief Jewish instructor Gamaliel. Paul was very intelligent and he spoke several languages.  In Acts 23:16 Paul had a sister and a nephew. In 1st Corinthians 7:8, Paul says that he is unmarried. During Saul’s life before his conversion to Christianity, he persecuted the followers of the Way – the way was Jesus. Saul threw individuals into prison and even to death (Acts 22:3-5). Paul was converted from Judaism to Christianity (Acts 9:1- 19). The bible does not state when Saul’s name was changed to Paul. A lot of individuals assume that while Saul was on the road to Damascus Jesus changed Saul’s name.  2 Corinthians 11:24-25, says that Paul received 39 stripes (whip) 5 times. Paul was beaten three times with rods, al-most stoned to death, three times shipwrecked where he spends a night and a day in the open sea. He was bitten by a poisonous snake and survived. (Acts 28:3).

     Listed are a few highlights of a troubled and satisfying biography of what Paul the Christian lived. Paul is considered the “Father of the Gentiles”. And he coined the phrase” A thorn in my side”. Join a good Christian bible study group and discover the brilliance of Apostle Paul.

Reverend David Deal is the senior pastor at Every Christian’s Church. Worship services are held at Bass Park, 2750 N.W. 19 St., Fort Lauderdale. Please write to Reverend David Deal in care of the Spiritual Editor, Westside Gazette, 545 N.W. Seventh Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, Fla 33311 or email to David.Deal55@gmail.com

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