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10 Interesting Facts about St. Paul

  1. Paul was from the Roman city of Tarsus, located in what is today southern Turkey. (Acts of the Apostles 21:39)

  2. Paul was not physically impressive, nor was he a very good speaker. (1 Corinthians 2:1 and 2 Corinthians 10:10; 11:6)

  3. Paul had a sister and a nephew. (Acts of the Apostles 23:16)

  4. Paul was educated in Jerusalem under the famous Jewish teacher Gamaliel. (Acts of the Apostles 22:3)

  5. Paul was a Pharisee (Acts of the Apostles 26:5) and a tentmaker. (Acts of the Apostles 18:3)

  6. Paul was a Roman citizen from a wealthy family. (Acts of the Apostles 22:25–28)

  7. Paul participated in the stoning of Stephen, the first Christian martyr. (Acts of the Apostles 7:58)

  8. Paul was the most prominent apostle in the early Church because he was so effective at forming Christian communities.

  9. Although Paul wrote the most books of the New Testament, Luke, who only wrote two books, still gets the prize for writing more words than any other writer in the New Testament.

  10. Paul’s conversion is among the most well-known.