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WE resume our re- consideration of St Paul the Missionary Part III

THIRD MISSIONARY JOURNEY 53 - 58 A.D.( Paul is 48-52 years old as he begins.) Covers modern Syria, Turkey, Greece and Israel.
SILAS RETURNED to St. Peter. Timothy remained with Paul and they were joined by Luke’s brother Titus.
From Caesarea Paul returned to Antioch in Syria. He spent some time there during the winter months building up the church. Then he moved on again through the Phrygian region of Galatia strengthening the Faith of the churches he and his companions had previously visited. At Derbe they were joined by the disciple Gaius.
They travelled on to Ephesus. For three months Paul preached in the synagogue there, but the Jews in the main hardened their hearts against his teaching. So Paul and his companions withdrew from the synagogue and based their preaching and teaching efforts each day in the school of Tyrannus. They operated in this way with great effect for two years. Paul worked many miracles and exorcism…
We continue our re-visiting of the life of Saint Paul:

St Paul the Missionary Part II
(Paul is 44 – 48 years old as he begins).
Covers modern Syria, Israel, Turkey and Greece.
Trouble came to the church in Antioch in the shape of some Jewish Christians from Jerusalem. They began to insist to the Gentile converts that they could not be saved without “ being circumcised according to the tradition of Moses”.
Paul and Barnabas strongly opposed their view and defended the contrary teaching they had given to their Gentile converts. It was finally agreed that Paul and Barnabas should go to Jerusalem to defend their teaching. They set off with several others, travelling via Phoenicia and Samaria.

In Jerusalem they were welcomed by the Apostles and presbyters. When the issue was formally discussed, a group of Jewish Christians of Pharisee background strongly asserted the need for circumcision “ to keep the Law of Moses “. St Peter, returned from one of his mission…
Continuing our re-visitation of Saint Paul the Missionary

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age”(Matthew 28:19-20) With these words, Our Divine Lord commissioned the Apostles immediately before His Ascension.
Paul, ”last of all, as one untimely born … for I am the least of the Apostles”(1 Cor. 15:8-9), accepted the great commission with his whole soul, spirit, heart and body –“ for necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel !”
At the time of his conversion the Church was truly in its infancy. Our Lord had been crucified and the Holy Spirit had come down at the first Pentecost in 32-33 AD In the ensuing years, as we have seen, Paul goes from Damascus to Arabia, back to Damascus, to Jerusalem and home to Tarsus. These travels, including 3-4 year…


CLASSIC Re-post:  Let's keep on with the Story of Saint Paul - there's so much to know and love in his life, and he is so very real as you will see:

BACKGROUND: "Set apart (by God) from the day of my birth" (Gal. 1:15)
Saul's upbringing and formation uniquely prepared him for his apostolic life. The Tradition in the early Church ( according to St. Jerome ) was that Saul's family originally came from Gaililee. They moved to Tarsus in Cilicia and before Saul's birth, had acquired the prized Roman citizenship.
Paul, in later years , was insistent on the importance of three aspects of this background: He was a Hebrew, born of Hebrews ( that is, not just a Diaspora Israelite he belonged (Phillipians 3 : 5);"I am a Jew from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city", he informs the Tribune in Jerusalem ( Acts 21 : 39). The Greek historian/ geographer/ philosopher Strabo ( 63/64 B.c - A.D. 24 ) says of Tarsus : " ....there was much zeal for philos…


St Paul’s World Saul was born between 2 and 5 AD in Tarsus in the Roman Province of Cilicia.It stood opposite the north coast of the island of Cyprus and the west coast of Syria.Rome then controlled almost the entire Mediterranean coast from Spain along the north coast to the eastern extremity, and then along the African coast to Numidia. Caesar Augustus then 65-68 years old, would have been the only Emperor Saul’s parents had known.When they had been growing up stories of the conquests of Pompey Magnus in the region including, significantly for them as Jews, the conquest of Jerusalem in 63 BC, would have been commonplace. Augustus’ rule had brought steadily increasing prosperity and order to the Empire and consequently to the lives of Saul’s parents.  They were Roman citizens, the prized status of the ancient world, a status Saul inherited.  How they had gained that status we do not know, but Philo of Alexandria tells us that Augustus made it possible for the Jews of Rome to become Roma…