Students will learn about
the effect of that person
OR school of thought on
Remember this is not intended to be a purely
biographical study, nor a historical account.
Whilst some of these details may be relevant, it is their
contribution to the development and expression of
Christianity that is important.
Board of Studies SOR Support material p 67
Answers for either section 2 or 3
0ne (or two) parts of Section 2
(A,B,C /15)(600 words/4 pages for
Essay in Section 3 (800 words/6 pages
Born in Tarsus (Turkey) around 10 CE
Hellenistic Jew (ie Jew of Greek
Took great offense to Christianity
Converted to Christianity
Executed in Rome in 66/67 CE (may have
been as early as 62 CE)
Paul is first mentioned in the New
Testament as being the witness at
the martyrdom of Steven (1 st
Became a very determined
persecutor of the “followers of the
Way” after this.
Paul never met Jesus but Acts 9
recounts his ‘miraculous’ conversion
on the road to Damascus in the mid
Paul only talks about his conversion
• Paul's witness to the event before
the crowd in Jerusalem (Acts 22:1–
• His testimony before King Agrippa II
Through his journeys, letters and
advocacy, Paul was instrumental in
establishing Christianity across the
Greco-Roman world and extending
its outlook from being a sect of
Judaism to separate religion.
3. As the first writer about Jesus, from
around 50 CE he fashioned the
foundation beliefs of Christianity
and transposed the Jewish context
of Jesus to Hellenistic world.
-> (second or first?) founder of
Christ was crucified and has risen
and by doing this, He has overcome
sin and death and all who believe in
Jesus are raised to life in Christ.
Salvation is offered to all people. In
Christ there is no distinction
between Jew and gentile. All are
saved through faith in Christ rather
than through observance of the
The Church is the Body of Christ
and all of its members are one in
Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit.
Paul’s Impact on the
development of the
Pauline teaching has infused every
era and aspect of Christianity. He
remains especially influential in the
Christian theology of Christ, of the
Church, of grace and salvation, and
of sexual morality.
Other great Christian teachers and
interpreters such as Augustine,
Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther and
John Calvin relied heavily on him.
Protestant reformers emphasised
his teaching on justification by faith.
His letters play a central part in