The credit of the majority of the New Testament theology goes to the apostle Paul. The structure of the theology is based on Paul’s personal convictions as the descendant of Abraham.
The life changing event for the apostle Paul was his encounter with Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus. His calling will set him on the path, which will not only bring glory to God but ultimately death of the apostle under the reign of Nero.
The apostle Paul identified himself as a Pharisee in the book of Philippians 3. Paul was committed to the teachings and the traditions of the Pharisaical community; Paul even goes as far to make the statement that he is a descendant of a pharisee.
A Zealous Follower of Jewish Law The zealous tradition goes back to the Phinehas. The apostle Paul carries this tradition
We piece together the life of the apostle Paul by gleaning into the New Testament, starting with his background. Paul stands in the history of believers as the thinker and the doer of the Word of God; and the scriptures encourage us to imitate him, for he imitated Christ Jesus.