The Letters of Paul
The Apostle Paul, who started as one of Christianity’s most zealous enemies, was hand-picked by Jesus Christ to become the gospel’s most ardent messenger. Paul travelled tirelessly through the ancient world, taking the message of salvation to the Gentiles. Paul towers as one of the all-time giants of Christianity.
When Saul of Tarsus, who was later renamed Paul, saw the resurrected Jesus Christ on the Damascus Road, Saul converted to Christianity. He made three long missionary journeys throughout the Roman Empire, planting churches, preaching the Gospel, and giving strength and encouragement to early Christians.
Following his third journey he travelled to Jerusalem to take the offerings of the churches in Macedonia, Achaia and Asia for the poor in Judæa. While he was in the temple, some Asian Jews attacked him and stirred up other to join in. A riot ensued and Jesus was arrested by the Romans. He remained their prisoner for two years in Jerusalem and Cæsarea before being transported to Rome, becoming shipwrecked on Malta during the journey.
He spent a further two years as a prisoner in Rome before apparently being released to embark on an unrecorded 4th missionary journey that seems to have included Crete, Ephesus and Macedonia. Paul was then rearrested and taken once again to Rome.
Of the 27 books in the New Testament, Paul is credited as the author of 13 of them. While he was proud of his Jewish heritage, Paul saw that the Gospel was for the Gentiles as well. Paul was martyred for his faith in Christ by the Romans during the mid-60’s AD.