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Jerome Murphy-OʼConnor

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780192853424

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192853424.001.0001

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A Pharisee in Jerusalem

A Pharisee in Jerusalem

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Paul: A Critical Life

Jerome Murphy-oʼconnor

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, it is argued that Paul left for Jerusalem about the age of 20 and lived in there for over 15 years before becoming a Christian. Prior to this, his obedience to the Law was like that of a Pharisee. The chapter discusses the possibility that Paul may have never married or was a widower, and that he was a persecutor of early Christians, being a member of the Sanhedrin. Luke mentioned in The Acts Paul's dark past and his eventual conversion to Christianity, as he had become one of its staunchest evangelists. This chapter also mentions Paul's initial struggle in his ministry—some would not believe him as he was someone who used to persecute the very faith he was advocating.

Keywords:   Law, Pharisee, Christianity, Sanhedrin, evangelists

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