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Paul, Saint

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishPaul, SaintSaint PaulPaul, Saint /pɔːl/ 🔊 🔊 (?3AD-?68AD) a Christian apostle (=someone chosen by Jesus to teach and spread the Christian religion) whose original name was Saul of Tarsus. As a young man he refused to accept Christian beliefs and treated Christians very cruelly. He was sent to Damascus to punish the Christians who lived there, but on his way there a very bright light suddenly appeared and he heard Jesus ask ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’ He then became a Christian, changed his name to Paul, and spent the rest of his life teaching people about Jesus. He wrote many of the epistles in the New Testament of the Bible. → see also road to Damascus at Damascus
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