The Apostle Paul Essay

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Harris calls Paul “the most influential apostle and missionary of the mid-first-century CE church and author of seven to nine New Testament letters” (H G-33). It would be quite an accolade to receive such recognition, but what makes it even more remarkable is that Paul, or Saul, (Saul was his Judean name and Paul was his Roman name (footnotes B 1943)) originally persecuted the ekklesia or “church”. Paul went from persecuting the ekklesia or “church” to being its “most influential apostle and missionary”. Why and how did Paul make such a drastic change? The answer to the question can be found in various books of the New Testament including some of the letters that Paul wrote. This answer also aids in the explanation of how and why Paul …show more content…
He was on his way to Damascus, when he saw a light from heaven and heard a voice that claimed to be “Jesus, whom [he] was persecuting” (Acts 9:5). This light caused him to lose his sight. Later in Acts 9:15, YHWH tells Ananias that “he [Paul] is an instrument whom I [YHWH] chosen to bring my name before Gentiles [ethne or “nations”] and kings and before the people of Israel”. Ananias went to Paul and stated, “The Lord [YHWH] Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 9:17). Paul received a “prophetic calling” from the Lord [YHWH] Jesus and was now a missionary for God to all people, including the Ioudaioi.
As a missionary, Paul tried to persuade the Ioudaioi to believe and accept that justice and salvation happen through Jesus Christ alone (Romans 5:12-21). Paul tried to persuade them in person, via at least three mission trips (H G-33), and through letters when he was not able to be there in person (H 434). The New Testament contains seven absolutely authentic Paul’s letters (at least according to Harris (H 435)). The Ioudaioi had their own view on the source of justice and would therefore disagree with Paul. Subsequently, Paul had been forced to argue with them in order to convince them that he was correct. This is shown in Paul’s letter to the ekklesia in city of Rome.
In his letter to the Romans, Paul created an argument or dialogue between him and the “Ioudaioi”

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