1. Galatians 1:19 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

Why does Paul say he saw no other apostles when Acts mentions that he was introduced to them all?

Galatians 1:19 (ESV)

19 But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord’s brother.

Luke gives the impression that Paul saw many apostles during his visit to Jerusalem (Acts 9:26–30). It is possible that Paul briefly saw everyone, and had significant conversations only with Peter and James. Alternatively, it is also possible that he only saw two (with James being included as one of them).1 Acts 11:30 and Acts 12:1–2 make it clear that the apostles did leave the city and thus we should not be surprised if they were not all present for Paul’s first visit.2