"Saul, who is also called Paul, was born in Tarsus, the principal city of Cilicia, probably in one of the first few years of the Christian era." Tarsus had become a rich city because of trade and also because of the popularity of black tents from Tarsian craftsmen. Father:
Saul, would you like to help me make this tent?
Of course father, it would be my pleasure to help you!
Oh you two look good together. Come! The food is now ready.
Before his conversion, Paul, then known as Saul, was a "zealous" Pharisee who "intensely persecuted" the followers of Jesus. Saul:
Go to the houses and round up those so-called Christians! Force them if you have to!
(The soldiers went about searching then returned dragging women)
Will you denounce your faith or not?
No! We will not denounce our faith even if it cost our lives!
So be it! Take them away!
(The soldiers dragged the women away, and then a messenger bringing news from the Emperor came)
Saul of Tarsus! I have a message from the Emperor.
Very well. Men! We’ll go to Damascus!
(A searing bright light shone suddenly)
(Because of the bright light, his horse reared its front hooves and Saul fell to the ground)
Saul, Saul. Why do you persecute me?
Who are you? Show yourself!
Where is he?
I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. But get up and stand on your feet!
I have appeared to you for this purpose; to appoint you to serve and to testify the things you have seen: I will rescue you from your people and the Gentiles – to whom I am sending you, to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of their sins and a place among those who are being made holy by faith in Me.
Why can’t I see? What must I do to regain my sight?
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