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In the Footsteps of Saint Paul

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Letters of Paul

Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)

The Apostle Paul
Engraving on paper c.1514 Germany

Paul, who converted to Christianity not long after the death of Jesus, is often regarded as the first great Christian missionary. He established Christian communities in many cities in Asia Minor (modern Turkey) and Greece and helped to spread Christianity beyond its Jewish origins. It is thought that he died while a prisoner in Rome around the year AD 67.

Paul kept in touch with the early Christian communities through messengers and letters. His letters, containing instructions and encouragement, are among the earliest surviving Christian texts. They provide a unique witness to the spread of Christianity and the development of its teaching in the first decades of the movement's existence.