The earliest mentions of Pauls death are the writings of Eusebius of Caesarea in his “Ecclesiastical History.” Eusebius suggests that Apostle Paul was martyred in Rome. Eusebius refers to Paul’s execution under Emperor Nero’s persecution, recording Rome as the site of his death.
“Thus after he had made his defense it is said that the apostle was sent again upon the ministry of preaching, and that upon coming to the same city (Rome) a second time he suffered martyrdom.” (Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History, Book 2, Chapter 22).
The top 10 things the Apostle Paul was know for are:
1. Paul’s Pioneering Missionary Zeal:
Paul’s relentless missionary zeal is widely seen through his 3 substantial missionary journeys. Pauls three missionary journeys are widely recognized by scholars (F.F. Bruce, 1980) as instrumental in propelling the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ far beyond the confines of Jerusalem and Galilee. His audacious journeys criss-crossing the Greco-Roman world brought Christianity to diverse cultures and prepared the ground for its universal expansion. The Apostle Paul actively lived out the Great Commission by going into ALL the world preaching the gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Have you ever wondered how far Apostle Paul traveled on his missionary journeys?
Paul used the amazing Roman Road network (and sometimes by sea) to travel across Israel, Syria, Turkey, Greece, and Italy. A lot of the details are included in the book of Acts in strong details. Most biblical scholars agree that Paul would have traveled over 10,000 miles – BY FOOT!
That would be equal to walking between New York and Los Angeles nearly 4x!
When you read the book of Acts you begin to realize that Pauls missionary journeys were not an easy walk. Paul gives us a small insight into his journeys in 2 Corinthians 11:25-27
25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
The more one looks into the life of Paul and his complete dedication to the Gospel of Jesus Christ the more the words of Isaiah 52:7 apply.
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”