Saul was raised as a Pharisee and after witnessing the stoning of Stephen,
he became an active persecutor of Christianity. Around 33 C.E. Saul traveled
to Damascus and on the way was confronted by Jesus. Jesus said: "I am Jesus,
whom you are persecuting." Saul was overcame by the presence of Jesus and
was temporarily blinded. For three days he sat in Damascus unable to see.
A man named Ananias, a man who had also had a vision from the Lord, laid his
hands on Saul and according to Saul, "something like scales fell off". After
his sight was regained he was baptized as a Christian and from now on was
known as Paul.
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