Paul’s given name at birth was Saul.
Saul was a Jewish man, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia who studied with a well know teacher of the time name Gamaliel.
Gamaliel taught the law of the Jewish people or the law of the fathers as Acts 22:3 refers to it.
When we are first introduced to Saul, he is still a young man, and he is watching as Stephen, a Christian and disciple of Christ, is stoned to death.
That is quite a gruesome introduction. The Bible tells us Saul consents to Stephen’s death. (Acts 8:1) He wasn’t simply present or an innocent bystander. Saul is no ordinary disciple of Judaism. He is part of a zealous faction of Jews who round up followers of Jesus. He is an influential Jew, and he has personally had both men and women bound and delivered to prison to be put to death for following Jesus (Acts 22:4). Simply put, Saul is a persecutor and murder of Christians.
The Bible tells us in Acts 8:3 that Saul made havoc of the church. He was feared by Christians and for a good reason. P
This is how the story of Paul begins. However, when Saul meets Jesus everything changes…
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