Life and Epistles of Apostle Paul

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The purpose of this work is to give a picture of the REAL Apostle Paul and of the circumstances by which he was surrounded. His biography must be compiled from two sources: first, his own letters; and, secondly, the narrative in the book of Acts. The latter, after a slight sketch of his early history, supplies us with fuller details of Paul's middle life; and his Epistles afford much subsidiary information concerning his missionary labors.

The light concentrated upon this portion of his course makes darker by contrast the obscurity which rests upon the remainder; for we are left to gain what knowledge we can of Apostle Paul's later years from scattered hints.

But, in order to present anything like a living picture of the Apostle Paul and his ministry, much more is necessary than a mere transcript of the scriptural narrative, even where it is fullest. Every step of his course brings us into contact with some new phase of ancient life, unfamiliar to our modern experience, and upon which we must throw light from other sources, if we wish it to form a distinct image in the mind.

For example, to comprehend the influences under which Paul grew to manhood, we must realize the position of a Jewish family in Tarsus. We must understand the kind of education which the son of such a family would receive as a boy in his Hebrew home, or in the schools of his native city, and in Paul's riper youth "at the feet of Gamaliel" in Jerusalem.

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We must be acquainted with the profession for which he was to be prepared by this training. And, we should have a clear view of the state of the Roman Empire at the time, and especially of its system in the provinces.

And in like manner, as we follow Paul the Apostle in the different stages of his varied and adventurous career, we must strive continually to bring out in their true brightness the half-effaced forms and coloring of the scene in which he acts; and while he "becomes all things, so that I might by all means save some" (1Corinthians 9:22), we must form to ourselves a living likeness of the things and of the men among which he moved, if we would rightly estimate his work.

The Life and Epistles
of Apostle Paul

Background and Preparation

Paul's birth and early life


The Early Church


Paul's early Christian history


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