In the ecclesiastical calendar, today (25 January) is marked as the feast observing the “conversion” of Saul of Tarsus, a.k.a., Paul the apostle. Quite how the day was chosen is unknown to me. Whether it should be called a “conversion” is debated among scholars (did Paul change religions or simply realize in a traumatic experience that he was pursuing a misguided cause in “persecuting” the Jesus-movement?). But the religious re-orientation signified was major and with profound and far-reaching results.
The books about Paul are legion and continue to pour forth from the presses. Among the more recent and significant is the recent volume by Paula Fredriksen that I posted about last year here, Paul, the Pagans’ Apostle (Yale University Press).
Last year on this date I posted about Paul, and I’ll simply point any interested readers to that posting here.