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Paul, Saint

  1. Richard I. Deibert

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1307

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Deibert, R. I. 2011. Paul, Saint. The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

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  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


In what may be the most ironic contrition in history, Paul writes, “I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle” (1 Cor. 15:9). This “least” apostle's name is affixed to 13 of the 21 letters of the New Testament and this “unworthy” apostle is responsible for Christianity's early foothold across the Mediterranean world. John Chrysostom, Patriarch of Constantinople, lauded Paul's enduring stature three centuries later: “As a wall built of diamond, so his writings fortify all the churches of the known world, and he as a most noble champion stands in the midst” (Priesthood, Book IV.7 (NPNF1 9:68)).


  • Paul, Saint;
  • Paul's pre-christian life and identity;
  • Paul writing, “i am the least of the apostles,… an apostle”;
  • coherent center of Paul's gospel;
  • resurrection of Jesus, Paul's core conviction