Last night we finally got to meet Saul, the future apostle that “changed” his name to Paul. There is not a lot of commentary to add to the discussion about this post other than the episodes have now gone into complete fable-beyond-the-written-word mode. What I mean is that nothing, absolutely nothing, in this episode comes from the Bible.
In concept, both Acts and the letters of Paul do admit He persecuted the followers of Jesus. But there are no detailed accounts of what that entailed. Paul offers it as a footnote at 1 Corinthians 15:9. When we look at Acts (8:1-3), it reads,
And Saul approved of their killing him…But Saul began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.
Before Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus in chapter 9, that is all we hear about or from Paul. Full stop. Yes, at chapter nine he asks the high priest for a letter to bring to the synagogue in Damascus, which is what appears to happen at the end of the latest episode, but there is no dialogue, let alone what AD implies.
Next episode we will, presumably, see the vision of Jesus and Paul’s conversion. But, at this point, I am expecting to see Elvis appear to Paul instead of Jesus.
(Image: “Pentecote” by Jean Il Restout, via WikiMedia)