Compare And Contrast St Peter And Paul's Speech At Areopagus

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Saints Peter and Paul are both considered one of the most important saints in the Catholic Church. However, both men had different views on the Church’s role of evangelization, which can be defined as one who preaches the Gospel. Both saints within their preaching and views were similar and different in various ways This can be shown through St. Peter’s speech at Pentecost and St. Paul’s speech at Areopagus. Saint Paul was originally known as Saul of Tarsus, and he was born Jewish and spoke Greek in Tarsus which was located Cilicia. When he was younger it was quoted in scripture that he “worked with his own hands” (1 Corinthians 4:12). He was a tent maker and even though his trade did not require him to write he did have the ability to, and even wrote letters to Apostles (E.P Sanders). As Paul grew up, he, high priests and his associates began to persecute Christians in Jerusalem, he even persecuted Saint Stephen. He believed that “the teachings of Jesus violated the Mosaic Law and he zealously harassed and even jailed, anyone who followed those teachings.” (D.D Emmons). One day, Saul was traveling to Damascus, when he has a life-changing vision. In Acts chapter 9 it quotes “ as he was nearing Damascus, a light from the sky flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him “Saul, Saul, why are persecuting me?” He said “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.” (Acts 9:3-5). Saul then went blind for three days, and

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