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Paul the Apostle Walsh, Robyn


Paul was a well-educated (i.e. elite) Jewish Pharisee who understood the Galilean teacher Jesus of Nazareth to be the "Christ" or Messiah predicted in the Hebrew Bible. He traveled throughout the Mediterranean, primarily to urban hubs, offering his unique interpretation of the Jewish scriptures, what he called "pneumatic demonstrations," and details of his divinatory experiences to those with means to sponsor him as a religious specialist and self-styled "apostle." After leaving these urban areas, he would continue contact via formal letter writing. Some of these letters still survive and constitute our evidence for Paul's efforts. The degree to which the groups to whom he writes were bounded and cohesive is debated by scholars. These letters have also been preserved somewhat idiosyncratically and represent hundreds of years of editing and translation by various parties.

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