Why are St Peter and St Paul always depicted together?

And what is the importance of them both?

Update:

Ugh, can we be a little mature here? Thanks.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    From a Catholic/Orthodox point of view:

    1- St. Peter was the first Pope.

    2- St. Paul was the first/Important theologian in the History of the Church.

  • 9 years ago

    They were the two most important men of the early Church.

    Peter was the leader and Paul was the great missionary.

    The two of them were executed together in Rome.

    Peter is also almost always depicted holding the keys of heaven (a symbol of his authority).

  • 9 years ago

    St Peter is the first pope and St Paul is the most important evangelist. Both of the were murdered in Rome. They knew each other and worked together.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Because they are - together - the early "apostles to the Gentiles". It was Peter, not Paul, who "opened the way" for Gentiles to be accepted by Christians, and Paul later engaged in that same work and (it seems) expanded on it.

    We - nearly all of us Gentile Christians - owe our salvation to Jesus, but our symbolically-ancestral Gentile Christians were given that opportunity by Peter and Paul together (though they worked independently of each other).

    - Jim, http://www.bible-reviews.com/

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  • 9 years ago

    They were the two big guys involved in the early Church. Peter was the first leader, supposedly (James also was a leader, but Peter gets the attention because of one obscure scriptural snipet). Paul actually gave us the rationale for Christianity as we have it today, and he also discovered that Christianity was open to gentiles as well as Jews. Big event.

  • 9 years ago

    You are aware, are you not, that Paul hated and argued with Peter and that feeling was mutual. Paul was not an apostle, but the seller of the religion. Assuming the whole Jesus story is true, Peter would have been correct in disapproving of Paul selling the Jewish reformed religion to gentiles!

    Taoist/Atheist (read a lot)

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Because Paul was a reprobate and Peter was a son of perdition, and St. John went insane, and the three of them are a much more interesting Trinity than god.

  • 9 years ago

    Because they are two little dickie birds that sat on the wall.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    gay boys for jesus??

    Gives new meaning to the phrase that "jesus is coming again".

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