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St. Paul
St Paul
Feast Day 29 June: Andratx, Buger, Colónia de Sant Pere, Escorca, Esporles, Puerto de Pollença see also St Peter

Martyred 64 or 67 AD

St Paul is generally considered the father of Christianity although he never met Jesus. He is attributed with fourteen epistles in the New Testament although scholarly disputes are commonplace. He is believed to have frequently employed an amanuensis but to establish authenticity the writers often included a passage in his handwriting. These are the earliest written books in the New Testament.

Paul’s influence on Christian thought has continued over the centuries and he may be said to be the most influential of any of the New Testament compilers.

What is known of his life is found in the Bible. According to Acts, he was born in what is now Turkey although he himself never alluded to his birthplace. He was certainly a Roman citizen; a fact he was to use in his defence on more than one occasion. His relationship with the Apostles was an uneasy one; perhaps they were always wary of one who prior to his conversion had persecuted the Christians.

Eusebius of Caesarea, writing in the fourth century says that Paul was beheaded in the reign of Nero. This has been dated to either 64 or 67. St Peter and St Paul celebrate their feast day on the same day perhaps reflecting a tradition that not only did they die on the same day but also in the same year.