Today is the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle
Before his conversion Saul was an enlightened Jew. Elitist, learned, a man for all seasons
- a person who religiously would have read the progressive literature of the day, including the New York Times of Israel, for example.
Saul was a "... Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia,but brought up in this city.
At the feet of Gamaliel I was educated strictly in our ancestral law
and was zealous for God, just as all of you are today.
I persecuted this Way to death,
binding both men and women and delivering them to prison.
Even the high priest and the whole council of elders
can testify on my behalf.
For from them I even received letters to the brothers
and set out for Damascus to bring back to Jerusalem
in chains for punishment those there as well" Acts 22:3
Before his conversion, he was a Jews' Jew. The STASI, the DOJ, with power to arrest any Christian at any time.
On the Road to Damascus, he realized he had been sincerely wrong, converted and became Saint Paul.