The "Calling" of Saul of Tarsus

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The “Calling” of Saul of Tarsus Keith Vann Liberty University The “Calling” of Saul of Tarsus Hedrick, Charles W. “Paul’s Conversion/Call: A Comparative Analysis of the Three Reports in Acts.” Journal of Biblical Literature 100, no. 3 (September 1981): 415–432. Of great significance is the fact that Saul’s conversion experience is recounted three times in Acts. Scholars note this as being an important fact regarding the writings. The imagery of blindness is brought to the forefront. Saul was so blinded with his zeal to persecute something he felt so grievously wronged God that he tried to eliminate all who practiced this newfound religion. God blinded him to show him how much he had failed to see. When his sight is restored,…show more content…
This is not the case since Saul is breathing out murderous threats to anyone who so much as blinks their eyes at Jesus. Saul may not have converted to a different religion during his Damascus road experience, as one would expect when speaking of conversion. When comparing Saul’s experience to that of the Ethiopian eunuch, there is a distinct difference. The Ethiopian eunuch is studying God’s Law to seek out the truth, rather than having truth thrust upon him by a blinding light. McDonough, Sean M. “Small Change: Saul to Paul, Again.” Journal of Biblical Literature 125, no. 2 (June 2006): 390–391. The significance of the name change has not been specified. Perhaps the name change could be an Old Testament reference to Saul and his persecution of David, through which came the Messiah. The name change also serves to indicate that Saul went from a man of great importance to humble nobody through which the Messiah chose to reveal Himself to the Jews and the vast majority of Gentiles. Ralston, Timothy J. “The Theological Significance of Paul’s Conversion.” Bibliotheca Sacra 147, no. 586 (April 1990): 198–215. Scholar debate whether it is conversion or calling. None are suggesting that Saul/Paul’s influence is any less potent if it was a calling and not a conversion. Conversion suggests a radical change in one’s life. Such is the case with Saul
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