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date: 19 August 2019

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The missionary work of Paul has inspired countless missionaries in the history of the church, but it has been only relatively recently that his missionary activity has become the focus of academic study. This essay considers the primary sources for Paul’s missionary activity, the event of his apostolic commissioning, his description of the missionary task, and a number of significant aspects of Paul’s missionary activity: audiences, geography, chronology, methods, and occupational hazards. It is argued that, while we certainly need to be cautious not to interpret Paul in terms of modern categories and institutions, Paul’s self-understanding as an ‘apostle’ is doubtlessly that of a missionary.

Keywords: apostle, missionary, missionary journeys, churches, geography, chronology, suffering

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