'Saulus' (Latin) seems to be the same name as 'Saul' (Greek), and the NT tells us that the names of 'Saul' and 'Paul' are interchangeable. (Apologist Greg Lanier disputes the notion that the name 'Paul' was taken up by Saul only after his Damascus Road conversion experience. His argument looks correct to me, although I'm one of the ones who has long held the impression that biblical 'Paul' did indeed undergo a name change.)If Paul was made up, he was made up for a reason and that might be the spy mission you refer to. Even if wasn't Paul, then somebody did these deeds and it seems in character for Saulus. So could it be possible that Saul is real but Paul is not?
The name 'Saulus' is also mentioned by Josephus -- as explained by Robert Eisenman, who indicates that it is at least plausible that this 'Saulus' is the same person as biblical Paul:
FROM a different quarter, evidence emerges which concretizes and sums up, albeit unwittingly, all the tendencies we have been discussing, providing us with an example of just the kind of person we have been describing. As we have seen above, there are notices in Josephus about a member of the Herodian family named "Saulus," again not a very common name in this period. This Saulus plays a key role in events leading up to the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple. Not only is Saulus the intermediary between "the men of Power [the Herodians], the principal of the Pharisees, the chief priests, and all those desirous for peace" (i.e., peace with the Romans), Josephus also describes him as "a kinsman of Agrippa." In what should be seen as perhaps as garbled notices relating his genealogy through Bernice I to Costobarus (an Idumean convert), he is grouped alongside individuals named "Antipas" and "Costobarus." Saulus leads the delegation to Agrippa (barred from the city and Temple by those Josephus refers to as "Innovators" � their patently anti-Herodian innovation being an unwillingness any longer to accept sacrifices or gifts on behalf of foreigners) that wishes to invite the Romans into the city to subdue the uprising before it could start. The note of Saulus' relation to "the chief priests" is interesting for its parallel with material in Acts relating to Saul's commission from the chief priest to arrest "Christians."
It is curious that in the Antiquities, following Josephus' description of the stoning of James and the plundering of the tithes of the poor priests by the rich chief priests, Josephus refers to Saulus as leading a riot in Jerusalem. For its part, the Book of Acts refers to the riotous behavior in Jerusalem of "Saulos," but it places this event after the conversion of a large group of priests, problems over the distribution of collection moneys, and the stoning of Stephen. H.-J. Schoeps has already remarked the resemblance of this stoning of Stephen to the stoning of James. It is curious that whereas Acts may have transposed the stoning of James in the sixties with the stoning of Stephen in the forties (when the Pseudoclementines claim Paul led a riot and an attack on James in the Temple), Josephus may have done just the opposite, i.e., transposed materials relating to Saul's riotous behavior in Jerusalem in the forties with its analogue, the riot led by Saulus in the sixties. In order to contend that Saulus and Paul are identical, one would have to assume either one or the other of the above transpositions took place or that Paul ultimately returned to Jerusalem, or both. However, this is not as implausible as it may seem on the surface, as our sources fall uncharacteristically silent on the subject of Paul's last years, and where Saulus is concerned, aside from his defection to the Romans, we know nothing about his ultimate fate.
However, there's no evidence that either Simon Magus or the 'Saulus' described by Josephus, ever went on any missionary journeys, or wrote any epistles.
Getting back to the thread topic -- 'Space Jesus' seems to be getting ever closer to making an appearance. According to Tucker Carlson, the Pentagon has just confirmed the authenticity of earlier leaked video showing triangle-shaped, flashing objects "swarming our warships". Carlson and his guest Jeremy Corbell are careful to refer to the objects as "UFO's", but Fox News oddly set the stage with a video showing a lovingly rendered, large flying saucer and a graphic of its alien inhabitant.
Is this triangle shape supposed to represent the Illuminati All-Seeing Eye of Providence? What else could it be?