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Paul as an Apostle
Studying the Life of Paul

Setting: Cell Study Group – Young Adult
Length of Delivery: 40 Minutes for Each Lesson

Submitted to Dr. Rene’ Lopez
In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements
For completion of the Course
NSBT 522
NEW TESTAMENT ORIENTATION

By
Aliyah Sanchez
L35550991
5/5/2013

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART 1: LESSON OUTLINES
Lesson 1: Saul of Tarsus …………………………………………………………….1 Lesson 2: Saul Rabbinic Training …………………………………………………...2 Lesson 3: Saul’s Conversion ………………………………………………………...3 Lesson 4: Paul’s Missionary Activity ………………………………………………..4 Conclusion....….…………………………………………………………………………5 BIBLIOGRAPH..………………………………………………………………………6 PART 2: TRANSCRIPTS

Lesson 1: Saul of Tarsus ……………………………………………………………..7 Lesson 2: Saul Rabbinic Training ……………………………………………………7 Lesson 3: Saul’s Conversion …………………………………………………………8 Lesson 4: Paul’s Missionary Activity ………………………………………………...8 Conclusion …….…………………………………………………………………………9 BIBLIOGRAPHY ………………………………………………………………………9

PART 1
LESSON OUTLINES

Lesson 1
Saul of Tarsus
Introduction: Saul was born in Tarsus in Cilicia (modern southeastern Turkey), probably ten or fifteen years after the birth of Jesus. He was raised a Jew and bore the Jewish name, Saul. 1 Tarsus was a city of great antiquity: it was a fortified trading centre before 2000 BC.2 A. Birth and Early Life of Saul

1. Saul was born in Tarsus a Province of Cilicia
2. Saul inherited Roman citizenship (Acts 22:28-29)
3. Saul escaped confinement, avoided punishment and the right to plead his case in the emperor’s court in Rome. (Acts 16:37-39; 22:23-29; 25:10-11)
4. Saul learn the trade of tent making (Acts 18:3) Illustration: Do you sometimes wonder what type of environment Saul was brought up in? Do you sometimes wonder why Saul felt like he had to persecute Christians? Transition: Have the women gather in groups of three’s and have them discuss/respond to the Illustration questions. At the end of the presentation, the women will be able to share their responses. -------------------------------------------------

1 Anthony J. Tambasco, In the Day of Paul: The Day of Paul: the Social World and Teaching of the Apostle. Mahwah, NJ: Paullist Press, 1991, 6 2 F. F. Bruce In The Steps of the Apostle Paul. Grand Rapids, MI Kregel Publications 1995, 7.

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Lesson 2
Saul Rabbinic Training
Introduction: It may very well be that Paul also had some formal training in the Greek Culture within which he lived, for Jews in the cities of the empire often attended the schools and had training in athletics and rhetoric.3 Paul was very religious. His training under Gamaliel was the finest available. His intentions and efforts were sincere. He was a good Pharisee who knew the Bible and sincerely believed that this Christian movement was dangerous to Judaism. Thus, Paul hated the Christian faith and persecuted Christians without mercy. A. Saul received training in Jerusalem from Rabbi Gamaliel who was Pharisee of the School of Hillel (Acts 22:3)4

1. Saul was exposed to Hellenistic ideas4
2. Saul learned Aramaic and Traditional Jewish customs in his home5 3. Saul becomes a Pharisee and persecution of Christians
a. Saul was one of the witnesses and he agreed completely with the killing of Stephen b. Saul wanted to seize the Christians who had fled and have them imprisoned c. Saul wanted to prevent the spread of Christianity

d. Saul wanted to advance his career and build reputation as a true Pharisee, zealous for the law Illustration: If you knew you were going to be imprisoned by Saul for your beliefs, would you have denied the faith? Would you say that Saul’s studying of the Bible had an effect on him that he was not aware of? Transition: Have the women gather in groups of three’s and have them discuss/respond to the Illustration...
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