Paul the apostle (c.5-c.67) was an apostle to the Gentiles, but not one of "the Twelve", who taught the gospel of the Christ to the first century world.[1] Paul is generally considered one of the most important figures of the Apostolic Age.[2][3] and in the mid-30s to the mid-50s AD he founded several churches in Asia Minor and Europe. He took advantage of his status as both a Jew and a Roman citizen to minister to both Jewish and Roman audiences. According to writings in the New Testament and prior to his conversion, Paul was dedicated to persecuting the early disciples of Jesus in the area of Jerusalem.


“When I journey to Spain, I hope that I will see you and be accompanied partway there by you after I have first enjoyed your company for a time.”—Romans 15:24.

According to the Christian Greek scriptures, Paul wrote to fellow Christians in Rome (c. 56 CE) about attempting a journey to Spain. Whether Paul actually made the journey to Spain, the Bible does not say. In any case, through the efforts of Paul or other Christian missionaries, the gospels did reach Spain by the second century CE.[4]


  1. Powell, Mark A. Introducing the New Testament. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. 2009. ISBN 978-0-8010-2868-7
  2. Sanders, E. P. "Saint Paul, the Apostle". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online Academic Edition. Encyclopædia Britannica Inc., 2013. Web. 08 Jan. 2013.
  3. The Canon Debate, McDonald & Sanders editors, 2002, chapter 32, p. 577, by James D. G. Dunn: "James, the brother of Jesus, and Paul, the two other most prominent leading figures (besides Peter) in first-century Christianity"
  4. WT (2014) Mar, Making Known the Word of God in Medieval Spain
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