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Who was Saul of Tarsus?

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Saul of Tarsus, also known as Saint Paul the Apostle, is among the most famous Christian missionaries. He is well-known for his conversion to Christianity. Some of the books of the New Testament have traditionally been attributed to Saul.

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Saul was born in Tarsus to Jewish parents. He studied literature, philosophy and ethics in the city of Jerusalem. Saul's initial reaction to the newly established Christian movement was to persecute its early followers and attempt to destroy the whole movement. His dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus changed him, and he became a dedicated supporter of the Christian movement. Paul's epistles form the vital roots of the theology, worship and pastoral life in the Christian culture.

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