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He [Paul] stayed two weeks with Peter. Peter & Paul and the Christian Revolution I, PBS 2009
Paul had been invited to help lead the Antioch Jesus movement by a man named Barnabas. ibid.
Paul proceeded to proclaim his missionary message. ibid.
Paul was dragged from the city, stoned and left for dead. ibid.
Arguments over how to integrate gentiles would engulf Paul. ibid.
Paul sought converts among the non-Jews ... His gentile mission soon fell under scrutiny by James and the leading Jesus followers back in Peter & Paul and the Christian Revolution II: The Empire and the Kingdom PBS
Paul stated his case against circumcision for men like Titus. God didn’t restrict his kingdom to Jews. ibid.
The conflict over gentile converts was far from settled. ibid.
Antioch’s Jesus followers seemed to be flouting the most distinctive laws of Judaism. ibid.
The conflict over table fellowship exposed a deep rift between the visions of Paul and James. ibid.
The crisis fractured Paul’s hope for a single Jesus movement. ibid.
It was Paul’s communities that would evolve into the church we know today. ibid.
Constantine had given promotion to the cult of Peter, while curiously, surely significantly, he seems to have made no effort to provide Paul with anything nearly so grand ... It was Paul who pursued the radical idea of taking Christianity to non-Jews, something the conservative Peter had been very sceptical about ... And in the end it was the Latin Church which survived intact, and it was Aryan Christianity which was wiped from the record ... When the Empire collapsed, the Church stepped into the power vacuum. Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, A History of Christianity, BBC 2009
Saint Paul is from London as you know. Al Murray, Pub Landlord: And a Glass of White Wine for the Lady, London Playhouse
Paul is completely silent – now this suggests to us that Paul indeed had a showdown in Antioch. He did face off with Peter. He didn’t win. He didn’t carry the day ... James’s party was influential. Professor Allen Callahan, Harvard Divinity School
A she-lion, which was of all the most fierce, ran to Thecla and fell down at her feet. At that, the multitude of women shouted aloud. Acts of Paul & Thecla IX
He’s [Paul] gone. She’s in the arena fighting for her life, and he is on the road out of town. John Dominic Crossan
Though Thecla remained a popular heroine, the Acts of Paul & Thecla was suppressed. Tertullian II, a second-century Church father, dismissed it as a forgery. Banned from the Bible: Secrets of the Apostles, History 2009
It was Thecla’s adherence to celibacy ironically that branded her a feminist in the ancient world. ibid.
St Paul is a case in point. He famously encountered God who appeared to him in a blinding flash. And what about Moses the bringer of the Ten Commandments? He believed he heard the voice of God speak to him from a burning bush. Horizon: God on the Brain, BBC 2003
Paul is responsible for more of the New Testament than anyone else ... Paul is a Jesus hustler. Dr Robert Beckford, Who Wrote the Bible? Channel 4 2004
It was Paul and his followers who created much of the Christianity we know today ... Much of the dogma that surrounds Jesus was created by Paul. Dr Robert Beckford, The Hidden Story of Jesus, Channel 4 2007
Paul’s story dominates the New Testament. Dr Robert Beckford, The Secrets of the Twelve Disciples, Channel 4 2008
As I searched through Paul’s letters I discovered he makes no mention of Jesus’ parents, his place of Birth, where he lived or even when he lived ... No mention of his trial before Pilate, nor of Jerusalem as his place of execution, not a word either of John the Baptist or Judas Iscariot or Peter’s denial of his master. Professor George A Wells, London University
Nowhere does he [Paul] mention the empty tomb. Ian Wilson, Jesus: The Evidence III, Channel 4 1984
By the time Paul arrived in Corinth pilgrims had been worshipping for centuries at local shrines. From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians II, PBS 1998
It was Paul who transformed Jesus the Jew into Jesus the Christ. Howard Jacobson, Christianity: A History: Jesus the Jew, Channel 4 2009
Paul’s version of Christianity won out. ibid.
Of this band of dupes and apostles, Paul was the great Corypheus, the first corrupter of the doctrines of Jesus. Thomas Jefferson
His [Paul] vision of the future was a startlingly radical one: he believed he had been called to preach the good word of Christ to the gentiles: to the Greeks and Romans, to those who did not observe the Jewish law. Tom Holland, The Bible: A History: St Paul, Channel 4 2010
On the one hand he [Paul] is preaching a revolutionary new order; the relationship between God and his people is no longer defined by the law, but by the spirit of Christ; on the other hand he doesn’t want to say to the churches they can do anything they like. ibid.
The charge laid against him [Paul] is that he twisted and corrupted Jesus’ teachings. ibid.
I’m on a journey around the Mediterranean following in the footsteps of a man who 2,000 years ago travelled more than 10,000 miles around the Roman world on foot and many many more by sea. David Suchet: In the Footsteps of St Paul I, BBC 2012
To others he is the preacher of prejudices that have echoed down through history. ibid.
Paul was Christianity’s first international ambassador. ibid.
Jerusalem fell under direct rule of the Roman empire: the Jews never accepted the Roman occupation. ibid.
They would lay waste to the city … they massacred everyone they found. ibid.
The Jesus Movement threatened everything Paul held most dear. ibid.
Observance of the law was everything to Saul. ibid.
By dropping the need to become a Jew first. ibid.
Paul had set now himself on a collision course with the leadership of the Jesus Movement in Jerusalem. ibid.
The conflict was resolved in Paul’s favour … ‘what counts is the new creation’. ibid.
A key moment in the evolution of Christianity … the whole gentile world now lay before Paul. ibid.
His message put people’s livelihoods at risk. ibid.
A man of contrasts and confusions. David Suchet: In the Footsteps of St Paul II
For Paul this is a desperate race against time – to convert non-believers to Jesus before the end of the world arrives. ibid.
The heavy presence of empire surrounded Paul as he approached Philippi. ibid.
Lydia became the first European covert to this new religion. ibid.
Paul’s letters were written to specific churches. ibid.
Some of Paul’s letters have come under fire. ibid.
So was Paul a misogynist? ibid.
Paul faced an uphill challenge to convince Athenians of his message. ibid.
‘I have become all things to all people’. ibid.
They must have thought the arrogance of the man. Professor Helen Bond