Important events on a timeline of St. Paul the Apostle's life include his birth, conversion to Christianity, participation in the Council of Jerusalem and his martyrdom in Rome under the emperor Nero. Also important are the several missionary voyages he made to churches around the Mediterranean.Continue Reading
Though the exact date of St. Paul's birth is in question, it seems he was born into a Jewish family in the city of Tarsus, perhaps around the year 5 A.D., and that his father was also a Roman citizen. St. Paul, who was then "Saul," belonged to the Jewish tribe of Benjamin, and his family had ties to the traditions of the Pharisees.
As related in the Book of Acts, the young Saul originally persecuted Christians, but he had a conversion experience around the year 35, and afterwards embraced Christianity wholeheartedly. He undertook several expansive missionary trips, with the first starting around 48 A.D., the second lasting from 49 to 52 A.D., the third from 52 to 56 A.D. and a final journey to Rome that ended in his beheading around 68 A.D.
St. Paul focused on bringing Gentiles into the Christian faith. He partook in Council of Jerusalem around 49 A.D., where he argued that the Gentiles did not need to become Jews first in order to become Christians.Learn more about Christianity