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date: 24 November 2020

Paul, St (d. c.65) Early Christian missionary leader 

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature
Author(s):
Dinah BirchDinah Birch

and *Bible letter writer. A Jew and a Roman citizen born in Tarsus, Cilicia, Saul (his Hebrew name) was a leading persecutor of the earliest Christians, complicit in the first Christian martyrdom, that of Stephen. On the road to Damascus he had an archetypal conversion experience, a blinding vision of Jesus (‘Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?’, Acts 9: 4), and became, as Paul, the most active ... ...

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