What was special about Paul that enabled him to teach in synagogues? First, Paul was a Jew himself and would know Jewish laws, customs and history. He spoke their Hebrew language and possibly Greek. He was able to communicate directly with them. Secondly, Paul was a Pharisee and knew God's law cold. (Acts 22:2, 3) He was able to quote Hebrew scripture, the Christian's Old Testament. (Isaiah 59:20; Romans 11:26)
Students will find that there is overwhelming Biblical evidence that Paul was not solely an apostle to Gentiles but that he was also sent out to Jews who had scattered to foreign nations. Then, ask yourself this: Why would a non-Jew, Gentile, be expected to know or have an interest in a Jewish God's Bible and follow Paul's teaching?
Did Paul turn Gentiles away? By no means! He did not turn away his vital travel companion, Aristarchus, when he asked for help. (Acts 16:9; 27:2)
Jews of the Dispersion had scattered to cities such as Ephesus, Thessalonica, Athens, and Corinth. (Acts 2:9-11) It was to those cities and synagogues that Paul carried Jesus' name in their synagogues.