Characteristics[ edit ] The characteristics of the critical use of the term take a number of forms. They are partly political and partly theological.
Moreover, Paul thought that the purpose of this revelation was his own appointment to preach among the Gentiles Galatians 1: Whereas PeterJamesand Johnthe chief apostles to the circumcised Galatians 2: Paul preaching the gospel, detail of a 12th-century mosaic; in the Palatine Chapel of the Royal Palace, Palermo, Sicily.
There is, however, another possibility. Paul conceded that he was not an eloquent speaker 2 Corinthians Moreover, he had to spend much, possibly most, of his time working to support himself.
As a tent maker, he worked with leather, and leatherwork is not noisy. While he worked, therefore, he could have talked, and once he was found to have something interesting to say, people would have dropped by from time to time to listen.
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It is very probable that Paul spread the gospel in this way. Travels and letters During the first two centuries of the Roman Empiretravel was safer than it would be again until the suppression of pirates in the 19th century. Paul and his companions sometimes traveled by ship, but much of the time they walked, probably beside a donkey carrying tools, clothes, and perhaps some scrolls.
Occasionally they had plenty, but often they were hungry, ill-clad, and cold Philippians 4: Paul's missionary travels in the eastern Mediterranean.
Paul wanted to keep pressing west and therefore only occasionally had Pauls contribution to christianity opportunity to revisit his churches.
Fortunately, after his death one of his followers collected some of the letters, edited them very slightly, and published them. Chloe was an important member of the church in Corinth 1 Corinthians 1: Women were frequently among the major supporters of new religious movements, and Christianity was no exception.
Some of the other Christian workers must have been quite important; indeed, an unknown minister of Christ established the church at Rome before Paul arrived in the city.
Paul treated some of these possible competitors—such as Prisca, Aquila, Junia, and Andronicus—in a very friendly manner Romans He was especially wary of Apollos, a Christian missionary known to the Corinthians 1 Corinthians 3: Only in the latter two cases, however, is the nature of the disagreement known: Basic message In the surviving letters, Paul often recalls what he said during his founding visits.
He preached the death, resurrection, and lordship of Jesus Christand he proclaimed that faith in Jesus guarantees a share in his life. In the second, he died so that the believers may die with him and consequently live with him. These two ideas obviously coincide see below Christology.
The resurrection of Christ was also of primary importance, as Paul revealed in his Letter to the Thessaloniansthe earliest surviving account of conversion to the Christian movement. Since Jesus was raised and still lives, he could return to rescue believers at the time of the Final Judgment.
The resurrection is connected to the third major emphasis, the promise of salvation to believers. These and many other passages reveal the essence of the Christian message: See below Moral teachings.
Churches Although Paul may have converted some Jews, his mission was directed toward the Gentileswho therefore constituted the vast majority of his converts.
Pagan religion was very tolerant: Civic loyalty, however, included participation in public worship of the local gods. Jews had the privilege of worshipping only the God of Israel, but everyone else was expected to conform to local customs. Paul the Apostle preaching to the Athenians.
Although he showed some flexibility on eating food that had been offered to an idol 1 Corinthians Thus, his converts had to give up public worship of the local gods. Religiously, they could identify only with one another, and frequently they must have wavered because of their isolation from well-established and popular activities.
It was especially difficult for them to refrain from public festivities, since parades, feasts including free red meattheatrical performances, and athletic competitions were all connected to pagan religious traditions. This social isolation of the early converts intensified their need to have rewarding spiritual experiences within the Christian communitiesand Paul attempted to respond to this need.
Although they had to wait with patience and endure suffering 1 Thessalonians 1: In fact, Paul saw Christians as beginning to be transformed even before the coming resurrection:Paul’s contribution to Christianity in his day and the ages since simply cannot be overstated.
His title as the “second founder” of Christianity is well deserved, and by . Christianity Significant Person - Paul of Tarsus 1. Christianity PAUL OF TARSUS 2. What we need to know about Paul Explain the contribution to the development of Christianity Explain the contribution to the expression of Christianity Analyse the impact on Christianity 3.
What are today regarded as “Christian nations” consist of people that would be traditionally Gentiles, and without Paul, would have been excluded from Christianity. The crux of Paul’s teachings came to fruition largely at the council of Jerusalem. Christianity Significant Person - Paul of Tarsus 1.
Explain the contribution to the development of Christianity Explain the contribution to the expression of Christianity Analyse the impact on Christianity 3.
Development How has Paul contributed to Christianity as a religion that is seen today? What did he do to help it grow/improve? Start studying Paul's Contribution to Christianity. Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools.
According to Paul, Jesus' Jewish teachings are not relevant to salvation.
While Jesus is regarded by Christians as the founder of the faith. Paul's role in defining Christianity can't be ignored. Roman Catholicism chose Paul over Jesus.