The First Christian Missionaries
According to Luke's Acts of the Apostles, the last thing Jesus did before he bodily ascended to heaven was to commission the disciples to 'witness' to his teachings. 'Disciple' meant 'student' and was derived from the various schools of philosophy...
Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
In the 2nd century CE, as Christianity was in the process of becoming an independent religion, a body of literature emerged that scholars classify as apocrypha and pseudepigrapha. Apocrypha (Greek: apokryptein, "to hide away") are those books...
Saint Peter the Apostle was a well-known figure in early Christianity. Although there is no information on the life of Peter outside the Bible, in the Christian tradition, he is often depicted as the first on many occasions: the first to...
Paul the Apostle
Russian Orthodox icon of the Apostle Paul, 18th century CE. Kizhi Monastery, Karelia, Russia.
Paul Cézanne Self-Portrait
A c. 1880 self-portrait in oils by Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), the French post-impressionist artist. The artist painted himself several times, always honestly and perhaps looking a little grimmer than he really was. The diamond shapes in the...
Ananias Baptizes Saint Paul
Ananias baptizes Paul the Apostle as depicted in a detail from a stained glass window in St Paul's church, Jericho in Oxford.
Saints Peter and Paul, from a Catacomb Etching
St. Peter and St. Paul etching containing a Chi-Rho
Apostle Paul Mosaic
Mosaic of Paul receiving the Macedonian Call, while at the ancient city of Alexandria Troas Acts of the Apostles 16:8-10 Berea, Greece
Jesus Christ is the designation of Jesus of Nazareth (d. c. 30 CE), who was an itinerant Jewish prophet from the Galilee in northern Israel. He preached the imminent intervention in human affairs by the God of the Jews, when God would establish...
Madame Cézanne in a Yellow Armchair by Paul Cézanne
A c. 1888-90 portrait in oils, Madame Cézanne in a Yellow Armchair by Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), the French post-impressionist artist. Cézanne's wife, Marie-Hortense Fiquet (1850-1922), was a frequent sitter for the artist. This version uses...