5) Paul the Apostle
Originally called Saul of Tarsus, the name of “Paul” was given to this man upon conversion of his allegiance to Jesus of Nazareth — having forsaken the traditional religion of the Pharisees. Paul was undoubtedly the greatest figure of the Apostolic Age (other than Jesus himself). He is traditionally attributed as the author of over half of the New Testament epistles and his tireless missionary work in the middle of the first century established the church of Christ throughout Asia Minor and on into Europe.
Paul’s efforts have ensured the continued proliferation of Jesus‘ message throughout the world; and his instruction for Christian practice and behavior has endured the millennia safely within the pages of the most widely distributed and best selling publication of all time.
“Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.” – Paul the Apostle