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Paul the Apostle
StPaul
Historical Figure
Nationality: Roman Empire
Date of Birth: c. CE 5
Date of Death: c. CE 67
Cause of Death: Decapitation (according to tradition)
Religion: Christianity (converted from Judaism)
Occupation: Philosopher, Missionary, Author of Non-Fiction
Turtledove Appearances:
Gunpowder Empire
POD: 12 BCE
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Date of Death: Unrevealed

St. Paul the Apostle, also known as Saul of Tarsus (c. CE 5-c. CE 67) was a prominent leader of Christianity in the religion's infancy.

According to the Bible, Saul of Tarsus was a Jewish citizen of the Roman Empire who actively persecuted the followers of Jesus in Jerusalem. While traveling to Damascus, Saul met the resurrected Jesus, an encounter that left Saul blind for three days. When his sight was restored, Saul converted to Christianity and became an ardent missionary. Many of his writings, addressed as letters to churches in different provinces (primarily in Greece), were critical to the formation of the New Testament. According to the Acts of the Apostles, he took the name Paul from a man named Sergius Paulus who was his benefactor at one point.

The circumstances of Paul's death are not known for certain, but the most famous tradition holds that he and St. Peter were arrested in Nero's Rome on trumped-up charges of terrorism and mass arson. Both men were sentenced to death. Peter was crucified, whereas Paul, a Roman citizen, was allowed the "merciful" death of decapitation.

Paul the Apostle in Gunpowder EmpireEdit

In the alternate known as "Agrippan Rome", Paul the Apostle was an important leader in early Christianity, much as in the home timeline. However, there were many differences in the configuration of his epistles, including the list of recipient locations. These differences provided fodder for the emerging field of Comparative Crosstime Bible Studies.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Gunpowder Empire, pg. 152.