About St. Paul
St. Paul was a Jew born in what is now Turkey over 2000 years ago who became a most interesting historical figure. In his early 20's, he was a zealous antagonist of the early Christian movement, even participating in the stoning of St. Stephen, an early Christian evangelist. He was said to have had a vision of Christ on the road to Damascus that changed his perspective 180 degrees. From that point forward, he travelled the Roman empire (Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Italy, Spain, etc.) on sailboats, caravan, and foot preaching to mostly pagan worshippers about how to live a Christian life. His conversion of idol worshipping citizens of the Roman empire to Christians played a key part in Christianity taking hold outside of the local community in which it started.
St. Paul as Blogger
For those of you who have ever been to a Christian wedding ceremony, you undoubtedly have been exposed to St. Paul's writing:
"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. it is not rude, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."
(1 Corinthians 13:1-8a)
St. Paul could not be everywhere at the same time, so he often collaborated with groups of Christians back and forth by letter. His letters are referred to by the church as
which are basically formal open letters to groups of people. The passage I quoted above is from a letter to the fledging Christian community in Corinth, a Greek city-state, in response to a letter he received from them about some problems they were having.
St. Paul's writing's were so important that when the modern day bible was assembled well after he died, 14 of his letters were included amounting to almost 30% of the new testament's content.
St. Paul's Zeal
St. Paul drew scorn from the Jews on one side and the Romans on the other side. Below is another passage from one of Paul's epistles:
"I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been constantly on the move."
(2 Corinthians 11:23b-38)
Paul is said to have ultimately been beheaded during the reign of Roman Emporer Nero.
St. Paul as Marketing Genius
Every marketing executive and every blogger could learn a thing or two from St. Paul in how to "cross the chasm" and create a "tipping point" in a marketplace.
Who do you think is history's best blogger?
-- Brian Halligan.
Originally published Dec 22, 2006 12:19:00 PM, updated July 28 2017