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Life of Paul The life of the Apostle Paul is a very long and complex story Through much research and thought of an approach I have found the best way to give an account is to actually recount the life that he led In this paper I will attempt to give a testimony of how I perceived the life of Paul In my view his life consists of four parts his life before the conversion the actual conversion his life through the three renowned missionary journeys and the testimony he gives throughout The letters he wrote through this time and the miscellaneous autobiographical information supplied in the scriptures also takes on a large amount of the concentration The first area I would like to observe in the life of Paul is his actual life before the conversion This Jewish Pharisee is first seen or heard of with his Hebrew name Saul Acts 758 139 According to The Dictionary of Paul and His Letters Paul was born in Tarsus in Cilicia This place of origin is located in Asia Minor or modern southern Turkey As far as we know he was born around ten years after Christ This assumption is gathered since he is referred to as a young man at the time of Stephens stoning Act 758 We know that Pauls father was definitely Jewish but he obviously had been bought or given Roman citizenship This is shown by Paul making use of the fact that he was born a Roman citizen to give him the right to be tried in Rome by Caesar Acts 2225 He was brought up in a devout Jewish family from the tribe of Benjamin He then received careful instruction in the Jewish law and joined the Pharisees To add to Pauls broad upbringing he called himself a Hebrew of the Hebrew He was brought up in accordance with the Law he was circumcised on the eighth
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