The book of Acts tells us that Saul of Tarsus gained letters from the religious authorities allowing him to imprison Followers of Jesus. He may also have been responsible for the death of these Christians. In Fox's Book of Martyrs, it is said that a couple of thousand died during the persecution that followed the stoning of Stephen. The time frame for this may have been 18 months to 2 years. Can anyone verify this? Is there another historical source to cross reference these facts?
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