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Quiz about Feast of the Conversion of St Paul
Quiz about Feast of the Conversion of St Paul

Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul Quiz


This quiz takes an in-depth look at this Christian holy day.

A multiple-choice quiz by skylarb. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
skylarb
Time
4 mins
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Multiple Choice
Quiz #
405,173
Updated
Dec 03 21
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10
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Question 1 of 10
1. The Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul falls after Epiphany but before Ash Wednesday in the Western church. What day is it? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Which of the following churches is LEAST likely to observe the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Which of these liturgical colors would you be MOST likely to see on this feast day? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. When is Paul's conversion traditionally thought to have occurred? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Which of these is another name for Paul's conversion? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Although Acts portrays Saul, prior to his conversion, as a persecutor of the church, Paul himself never mentions having persecuted followers of Christ in his own letters.


Question 7 of 10
7. According to Acts, Paul was an approving witness to the stoning of what early Christian martyr? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. In 1 Corinthians, Paul speaks of Christ appearing "to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one _____ born, he appeared also to me" (RSV). What word is missing from this blank? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. What initially caused Saul to fall to the ground during his conversion experience? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Who restored Paul's sight by laying hands on him after he was blinded during his conversion experience? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul falls after Epiphany but before Ash Wednesday in the Western church. What day is it?

Answer: January 25

The Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul is held on January 25. Epiphany falls on January 6. The earliest day that Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, can fall is February 4. March 17 is St. Patrick's Day, and March 25 is, in the Catholic church, a day of solemnity - the Annunciation of the Lord.
2. Which of the following churches is LEAST likely to observe the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul?

Answer: Eastern Orthodox

This is a feast day observed by Roman Catholics, Anglicans, and Lutherans. The Eastern church does, however, like the Western Church, commemorate St. Paul together with St. Peter on a joint feast day on June 29. The Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul may have originally marked the transfer of St. Paul's remains to Rome.
3. Which of these liturgical colors would you be MOST likely to see on this feast day?

Answer: White

Although green is commonly used during Ordinary Time, white is used in the Anglican and Catholic church for the Feast of St. Paul. Purple is commonly used during Advent and Lent. In the Catholic church, white is also worn on All Saints' Day.
4. When is Paul's conversion traditionally thought to have occurred?

Answer: AD 34-37

Paul's conversion occurred after Christ's crucifixion. Christ would have likely been crucified in AD 30 - 33. Paul "intensely persecuted" the early followers of Christ according to the Bible, and he was on his way to carry out more persecution when his conversion occurred. AD 36 is the date most commonly assigned to the event. Paul's epistles are the earliest manuscripts in the New Testament.
5. Which of these is another name for Paul's conversion?

Answer: The Damascus Christophany

A Christophany is an appearance of Christ. Because Christ appeared to Saul when he was on the road to Damascus, his conversion experience is sometimes called the Damascus Christophany. It might also be called the Pauline Conversion or the Damascene conversion. Acts says that Paul was on the road to Syrian Damascus from Jerusalem because he had a mandate from the High Priest to arrest followers of Jesus and return them to Jerusalem to be interrogated and possibly executed.
6. Although Acts portrays Saul, prior to his conversion, as a persecutor of the church, Paul himself never mentions having persecuted followers of Christ in his own letters.

Answer: False

In his letter to the Galatians, Paul writes, "For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers" (1:13-14, KJV)

In his letter to the Philippians, he describes himself "as to zeal, a persecutor of the church" (Philippians 3:6, KJV).
7. According to Acts, Paul was an approving witness to the stoning of what early Christian martyr?

Answer: Stephen

"Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." When he had said this, he died. And Saul approved of their killing him" (Acts 7:58 - 8:1, NRSV).

The fact that the mob laid their coats at Saul's feet suggests he was not a passive bystander, but possibly had some kind of leadership role among the stoners, as they could entrust their coats, an important and costly garment, to his care while they freed themselves for the movement that stoning required.
8. In 1 Corinthians, Paul speaks of Christ appearing "to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one _____ born, he appeared also to me" (RSV). What word is missing from this blank?

Answer: untimely

Other versions of the Bible say "abnormally born" (NIV), "born out of due time" (KJV), or "born at the wrong time" (NLT, CSB). This is likely a reference to being "born again" in a spiritual sense. Paul is emphasizing that he was late to the game. Unlike the other apostles, he did not know and follow Christ in Christ's lifetime. He did not meet Christ until after his crucifixion and resurrection. In this sense, he is like all Christians to follow, who have only come to know Christ after his death.
9. What initially caused Saul to fall to the ground during his conversion experience?

Answer: A light from heaven

Saul fell to the ground when a light from heaven surrounded him. After falling to the ground, he heard the voice from heaven (Acts 9:3-7, NIV):

As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"

"Who are you, Lord?" Saul asked.

"I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied. "Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."
10. Who restored Paul's sight by laying hands on him after he was blinded during his conversion experience?

Answer: Ananias

Ananias was a disciple of Jesus in Damascus who was at first reluctant to meet with Saul, but eventually obeyed God's command (Acts 9:13-19, NIV):

"Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, 'Brother Saul, the Lord-Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here-has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.' Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength."

A famous painting of "Ananias Restoring the Sight of St. Paul" was created by the 17th century Italian Baroque painter and architect Pietro da Cortona.
Source: Author skylarb

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