The great apostle of the Gentiles, was a Jew of the tribe of Benjamin, a

native of Tarsus in Cilicia, and before his conversion was called Saul.

After suffering various persecutions at Jerusalem, Iconium, Lystra,

Phillippi and Thessalonica, he was carried prisoner to Rome, where he

continued for two years, and was then released. He afterwards visited

the churches of Greece and Rome, and preached the gospel in Spain and

France, but returning to Rome, he was apprehended by order of Nero, and