Saint Paul (10-67 A.D. ?)
A Jewish community was living in Tarsus during the period of Christ. Paul who was one of the most prominent people of this community, was one of the leaders who provided Christianity to turn into one of the world religions from being a sect of the Jewish religion.
He received the news about the crucifixion of Christ in Tarsus. Like many other rabbis, he was beleiving that their sect was going to be eradicated with the death of Christ. But he was mistaken. There was turmoil in Jerusalem, but the teachings of Christ were spreading fast. Paul was considering the followers of Christ as a great threat for the Jewish religion. Thus, he was active in the massacre of the members of the Church.
According to common belief, he repented when he encountered with the vision of Christ while going to Damascus to chase the followers of Christ and he dedicated himself to work for spreading the belief of Christianity.
After this, Paul lived in Arabia for a short time. He settled down in Damascus and increased his knowledge abouth the teachings of Christ.
Three years later he came to Jerusalem and met with St. Peter and St. Jacob who was reffered to as the “brother of Christ”. Thus, he became one of the apostles.Paul, who went to Antiochia to help Barnabas, had selected this city as the center for the activities to be carried out to spread Christianity. The Journeys of Saint Paul made with the aim of establishing new churches