Paul’s early life

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Memory verse:  I am verily a man which am a Jew born in Tarsus, a city in Cicilia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel and taught according to the perfect manners of the law of the fathers and was zealous toward, as ye all are this day.  Acts 22:3


1. Paul’s name, nationality and religion. (Acts 22: 3 – 5)

Paul was a great prophet of God but before then, his name was Saul.  He was born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia.  Paul was a Jew but he was born in a Roman territory of Cilicia so he was both Hebrew and Roman citizen.

He was the son of a Pharisee. Later Saul became a lawyer. He studied under the famous teacher named Gamaliel. Gamaliel was a great teacher of the Jewish law, a Pharisee and he was highly respected by everyone.

Paul’s religion was Judaism (followers of the Jewish law) but later, he became a Christian.


2. Paul was a Hebrew and a Greek. He was originally a Judaic and later a Christian (Acts 23: 6)

Paul was the son of a Pharisee who studied under the great teacher Gamaliel.  Before Paul had an encounter with God, his name was Saul. He persecuted Christians, arrested many and killed some. He entered into every house and arrested men and women who were Christians. He saw Jesus as a deceiver and Christianity as a threat to Judaism. This made him hate Christians. And as such, he was determined to destroy Christianity altogether.


  1. It is good to live one’s based on the truth ( the word of God)
  2. It is bad to kill people unjustly.



  1. What was Paul’s name before he was converted?

Answer: Paul’s name was Saul before he was converted.

  1. Mention the religion of Paul before his conversion

Answer: Paul’s religion before conversion was Judaism

  1. Where was Paul’s birth place?

Answer: Paul’s birth place was Tarsus in the Roman province of Cilicia

  1. Who was Paul’s teacher?

Answer: Paul’s teacher was Gamaliel

  1. Why did Paul persecute Christians?

Answer: Paul persecuted Christians because he saw Jesus as a deceiver and Christianity as a threat to Judaism.

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