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Paul: A Critical Life$
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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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Conversion and its Consequences

Conversion and its Consequences

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Paul: A Critical Life

Jerome Murphy-oʼconnor

Oxford University Press

Luke mentioned three circumstantial accounts of Paul's conversion. The chapter argues that Paul's conversion and call to ministry are inseparable. This chapter discussed the process of ‘recognition appearances’. It also examined Paul's Pharisaic knowledge of Jesus. Paul sees his conversion was for the Gentiles due to his understanding that it is a commission to preach the gospel among pagans like those who were in Arabia. The chapter also accounts how Paul supported his mission in Damascus as a tent-maker, as a sign of independence from the Church in Jerusalem; and his agreement with the apostle Peter in relation to the conference in Jerusalem. Lastly, the ‘missing years’ of Paul's career, his works with Barnabas, and the dangers he had encountered in his mission was also cited in this chapter.

Keywords:   conversion, recognition appearances, Gentiles, Arabia, Damascus, Peter, missing years, Barnabas

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