Profile of Paul of Tarsus
Paul is considered a saint in Roman Catholic, Orthodox and some other Christian traditions… His hometown, Tarsus, is in modern-day Turkey, in a region then known as Cilicia… Unlike other famous Christian disciples, Paul never met Jesus before his death. Like them, however, he took the title “apostle” (Greek: apostolos), meaning “one sent forth”… Most scholars question Paul’s authorship of six more biblical letters attributed to him: Ephesians, Colossians, 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy and Titus. They differ from his other epistles in style, viewpoint and vocabulary. Their unknown authors may have identified with Paul’s school of thought or hoped to invoke his authority… Among Paul’s most famous passages is the discourse on love in 1 Corinthians 13. It begins, “If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal,” and ends, “Now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”
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