1. Galatians 1:17 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

Why does Paul say he did not go up to Jerusalem?

Galatians 1:17 (ESV)

17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.

Paul wants to make it clear that he did not visit the apostles after his conversion in order to confirm the truth of what happened to him on the road to Damascus.