Watch: Philip is the original vanishing hitchhiker, and more, in three new clips from A.D. The Bible Continues

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If it’s Wednesday, it must be time for more clips from A.D. The Bible Continues — and the latest batch includes a rare depiction of one of the more unusual bits from the book of Acts. Check it out, along with the other clips, below the jump.

First, the really unusual bit, which you can watch right here:

Some background: Acts 8 describes how Philip encountered an Ethiopian eunuch who was riding in a chariot on his way home from Jerusalem. Philip noticed that the eunuch was reading from the book of Isaiah, and he hitched a ride so that he could tell the eunuch how that passage from Isaiah was ultimately fulfilled by Jesus.

Then, when they came to some water, the eunuch asked Philip to baptize him — and “when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing.”

I know of a few other films that have depicted Philip’s meeting with the eunuch, but none that have depicted Philip’s supernatural disappearance so directly.

Rossellini’s Acts of the Apostles (1969) and the NBC miniseries A.D. Anno Domini (1985) both avoid Philip’s disappearance altogether, by fading to black (and a commercial break?) right after Philip pours water on the eunuch’s head:

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Two other films have referred to Philip’s disappearance in the voice-over narration but have kept the actual disappearance of Philip offscreen.

The Living Bible (1957) has the camera follow the eunuch while Philip stands by the water, and eventually Philip is out of the frame altogether:

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And The Visual Bible’s adaptation of Acts (1994) simply dissolves from a shot of the water to a shot of the eunuch looking around and noticing Philip is gone:

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Those are the only other cinematic depictions of Philip and the eunuch that I can think of right now. So it seems that A.D. The Bible Continues is breaking new ground here, as elsewhere, with its straightforward depiction of this supernatural event.

Meanwhile, turning to other clips from this coming Sunday’s episode…

Peter delegates responsibility for the Jerusalem church to James the Just:

Pilate’s wife Claudia tries to set Joanna free against Pilate’s wishes:

And, finally, we have a preview of the next episode of Beyond A.D.:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvM0x83icsE

June 15 update: The network has released a longer version of the sequence in which Philip meets the eunuch (it also includes a brief scene of Tabitha’s death):

Check out earlier trailers and other videos here (though be warned: it appears that the network has taken some of the trailers and clips offline already):

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