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A sect of Judasim, often criticized by Jesus for their strict adherence to the law

"The Way"

Saul persecuted early Christians who still considered themselves a sect of Judasim


The Roman spelling for Saul

Greek philosophy, Roman law, and Jewish law

Born in Tarsus, Paul was well-educated in what?

Jews and Roman citizens, a rare privilege

Paul's family were both



In Greek, not Aramaic

Paul's epistles were written in

The Conversion of/to Paul

On the road to Damascus in 33-35 C.E., only a few years after Jesus' death. "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?"

Acts 9:1

"Saul, still breathing murderous threats against the disciples of the Lord..."

In Luke's words

Acts 22: 6-16 and 26: 12-18

In Paul's words

Galatians 2: 1-4


Paul ______ met Jesus of Nazareth

did not

Paul ______ get along with Jesus' friends


Paul _______ transformed by his Damascus experience of Christ

western history

Because of Paul, the entire course of ___________ was changed

Gentiles (non-Jews)

Paul introduced ____________ to Christ

symbolic of his transformation

Paul is no longer welcome among is people, but is also not entirely loved by Greco-Roman either

friends, family, and wealth

Paul gave up what for "Christ"
Philippians 3: 5-9


Joins Christian community, waits ____ years after conversion to start preaching

Jewish-Christians (Jesus' disciples)

____ still don't know him

Paul Heals the Lame in Lystra


14 years after he started preaching

He finally meets the disciples

Council of Jerusalem

48 C.E.

Faith vs. The Law

Gal. 2: 15-21

declares faith in Christ is more important than the law

Paul challenges the very rigidity he used to subscribe to, and ___________



Jewish Christians and Gentiles

Could be Christians

They didn't have to get circumcised and they didn't have to keep Kosher law, etc

Gentiles did not have to become Jews to be Christians or

Paul continues traveling

Has a variety of adventures

Imprisoned in Rome

Inciting a riot

House arrest for two years

where he continued writing

in 60 C.E.


67 C.E.

Peter is crucified in Rome, upside down (St. Peter's, he didn't deserve to be crucified like Jesus)

66 - 73 C.E.

The First Jewish Roman War

70 C.E.

The Temple is destroyed, and with it the foundation of ancient Judaism

90 C.E.

Christianity and Judaism seperate for good

2,000 years

Paul's epistles, by either luck or grace, survive for

Christianity splits from Judaism for good

With the destruction of the temple and the deaths of the original apostles

Christians would have died as a small as a sect of Judaism, and the most of us in this room would not be Christians

Without Paul

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