Why did saul change his name to paul
Paul’s Name Change
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Did Saul change his name to Paul when he became a follower of Jesus? This seems to be a common opinion among Christians. But the Bible never actually says that Saul changed his name to Paul. Others in the New Testament change their names, and such events are always highlighted. So why have so many people claimed that Saul changed his name to Paul? In Acts, Luke calls him Saul for the first 13 chapters, then calls him Paul for the rest of the book, so some people have assumed that there was a name change.
Why Saul Became Paul. Hitherto he has been second to his friend Barnabas, henceforward he is first. In an earlier verse of the chapter we read that 'Barnabas and Saul' were separated for their missionary work, and again, that it was 'Barnabas and Saul' for whom the governor of Cyprus sent, to hear the word of the Lord. But in a subsequent verse of the chapter we read that 'Paul and his company loosed from Paphos. Why was it that at this period the Apostle took up this new designation? I think that the coincidence between his name and that of the governor of Cyprus, who believed at his preaching, Sergius Paulus, is too remarkable to be accidental.
Paul the Apostle
Answer by Rev. Robert Barnes.
Why did Saul become Paul?
He took advantage of his status as both a Jew and a Roman citizen to minister to both Jewish and Roman audiences. According to the New Testament book Acts of the Apostles often simply called Acts , Paul was dedicated to persecuting the early disciples of Jesus in the area of Jerusalem prior to his conversion. He was struck blind, but after three days his sight was restored by Ananias of Damascus and Paul began to preach that Jesus of Nazareth is the Jewish Messiah and the Son of God. Thirteen of the twenty-seven books in the New Testament have traditionally been attributed to Paul. Pauline authorship of the Epistle to the Hebrews is not asserted in the Epistle itself and was already doubted in the 2nd and 3rd centuries. Today, Paul's epistles continue to be vital roots of the theology, worship and pastoral life in the Latin and Protestant traditions of the West , as well as the Eastern Catholic and Orthodox traditions of the East. It has been popularly assumed that Saul's name was changed when he became a follower of Jesus Christ, but that is not the case.