I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel and taught according to the truth of the law of the fathers, zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.
And the Lord said unto him, Arise and go into the street which is called Straight and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus; for, behold, he prays
Then a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, who had a reputation among all the people, stood up in the council and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space
And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous of the law;
But Paul said, I am certainly a Jew, a citizen of Tarsus, a city known in Cilicia; and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.
who knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most perfect sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
Circumcised the eighth day, of the lineage of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee;
Yea, he loved the peoples; all his saints are in thy hand; they also united at thy feet; they received thy words.
And Elisha returned to Gilgal. Then there was a famine in the land; and the sons of the prophets were sitting before him, so he said unto his servant, Set on the great pot and make pottage for the sons of the prophets.
Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians and Alexandrians and of those of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen.
But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee, and of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.
I say then, Has God cast away his people? No, in no wise. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.
And the king called the Gibeonites and said unto them: (now the Gibeonites were not of the sons of Israel, but of the remnant of the Amorites; and the sons of Israel had sworn unto them, and Saul had sought to slay them in his zeal for the sons of Israel and Judah).
And it came to pass that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them and asking them questions.
Then they went out to see what was done and came to Jesus and found the man, out of whom the demons were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind; and they were afraid.
which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him forth to Tarsus.
Then Barnabas departed to Tarsus to seek Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch.
and they wrote letters by them after this manner: The apostles and elders and brethren send greeting unto the brethren who are of the Gentiles in Antioch and Syria and Cilicia;
And he went through Syria and Cilicia, confirming the congregations .
And when the governor had read the letter, he asked of what province he was. And when he understood that he was of Cilicia,
For I give testimony that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
And profited in Judaism above many of my equals in my own nation, being exceedingly more zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
They are zealous after you, but not for good; they would exclude you from us, that ye might be zealous after them.