El Greco: Paul

Paul

Shift of focus from Jesus' teachings to significance of his life, crucifixion and resurrection.


Biographical Outline

From Tarsus in Asia Minor, Roman Citizen.

Pharisee, assigned to fight Christianity.

"The Road to Damascus"--Vision of Jesus (Acts 9), becomes committed to Jesus.



Traveled through world preaching his message, setting up and guiding churches (through epistles).

Imprisoned, dies in captivity in Rome.


Central themes of Paul's thought.

Mission to Gentiles:

Conflict in Church between:

Resolution:

Jewish Christianity eventually dies out, rejected by Jews and gentile Christians-- Ebionites.

Opposition to "Hellenizing" in Church:



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