This fifth Sunday of Easter we continue looking into the resurrection. In the previous essay it was established that the disciples and others claimed to have seen the risen Jesus. This week, we look to another claim that has consensus from scholars: A key persecutor of the Church (Saul of Tarsus) was suddenly changed and claimed to meet the risen Jesus. Saul of Tarsus is better known in history and by the Church as the Apostle Paul. In 1 Cor. 15:9-10, Gal 1:12-16, 22-23, and Philippians 3:6-7, the Apostle tells the account of his conversion. One moment he was persecuting Christians and the next he was preaching the Gospel, suffering persecutions and killed. During his ministry, Paul would write the majority of the New Testament, in the midst of these trials.
In the book of Galatians, Paul accounts for his persecutions … Read More »