Paul reached out to Jews and Gentiles, determined to share the good news of Jesus Christ. He traveled throughout the eastern Mediterranean. He survived being stoned, beaten and thrown into jail. Despite the persecution in eight years of travel he touched countless lives with his preaching, established Christian communities, and encouraged people's spiritual growth by letters (the New Testament's Epistles).
Sometime between 62 and 67 Paul was beheaded by the Emperor Nero. The uplifting words he wrote to early Christians continue to inspire contemporary Christians.
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