Most weeks, the makers of A.D. The Bible Continues have released multiple clips from their upcoming episodes, to whet our appetites. This week, however, they have released only one clip so far — but it’s an important one that brings together two of the most important characters in the New Testament: Peter and Saul (aka Paul).
Here is the clip in question:
One of the interesting things about scenes like this is that the book of Acts never actually mentions any conversations between Peter and Saul, so films that dramatize the relationship between them have to be somewhat creative about it.
It’s implicit that Peter met Saul in Acts 9:26-30, when Saul meets “the apostles” — that’s the passage that this clip is based on — and it’s also implicit in Acts 15, where Peter and Paul address the Council of Jerusalem separately and presumably could have addressed each other, as well. But if Peter and Saul ever actually exchanged any words personally on either of those occasions, the text doesn’t mention it.
The one book in the New Testament that does tell us about the conversations between Peter and Paul is Paul’s own epistle to the Galatians.
In chapter 1, Paul says he went to Jerusalem three years after his conversion (I assume A.D. will accelerate the timeline somewhat) and spent fifteen days with Peter.
(Paul adds: “I saw none of the other apostles — only James, the Lord’s brother. I assure you before God that what I am writing you is no lie.” How to reconcile that with the statement in Acts that Paul met and stayed with “the apostles” when he went to Jerusalem is an interesting question, and outside the scope of this blog post.)
And in chapter 2, Paul describes how he met with the apostles at the Council of Jerusalem fourteen years after his meeting with Peter, and how he confronted Peter to his face when Peter stopped eating with the Gentiles in Antioch.
So, the best insight we have into the relationship between Peter and Paul actually comes from Paul’s letters, not from Acts. But very few adaptations of Acts have incorporated the information from Paul’s letters; most films have been content to rely on Acts alone. (The 1981 miniseries Peter and Paul is a major exception to this.)
So will A.D. fill the gaps in Acts by incorporating any of the information that is unique to Paul’s letters? Will it integrate Acts and the epistles? We’ll find out on Sunday.
June 1 update: A longer version of the clip is now available:
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):
- The first trailer (November 26, 2014)
- The ‘By Our Love’ music video (December 19, 2014)
- The ‘The Next Chapter of the Greatest Story Ever Told’ TV spot (January 12, 2015)
- The second trailer (January 17, 2015)
- The Super Bowl spot (February 1, 2015)
- The Newsboys’ ‘We Believe’ music video (February 10, 2015)
- The ‘First Look’ video (February 18, 2015)
- The ‘Special Preview’ video (February 24, 2015)
- The ‘Miracles’ clip, the ‘Igniting a Rebellion’, ‘He’s a Dangerous Man’ and ‘Power, Passion, Sacrifice and Glory’ previews, the Spanish trailer, the ‘33 Days’ video and the WNDU and KPRC interviews (March 10, 2015)
- The ‘On Location’ featurette and the WWLP and Entertainment Tonight interviews (March 16, 2015)
- The ‘Mother Mary’, ‘Peter’, ‘John’ and ‘Mary Magdalene’ sneak peeks, the EPK materials, the ‘The Next Chapter of the Greatest Story Ever Told’ and ‘Beyond A.D. with Jason Kennedy’ previews, and the Tony Evans, Geoff Tunnicliffe, O.S. Hawkins and Joel C. Hunter endorsements (March 20, 2015)
- The half-hour making-of special, the ‘Caiaphas’ and ‘Pilate’ sneak peeks, the Today show set visit, the Zap2it interview, the Roma Downey video on prayer for Guideposts, the Jefferson Bethke and ‘Faith Raves’ videos, and the Sam Rodriguez, Pat Robertson, Ronnie Floyd and Jim Daly endorsements (March 25, 2015)
- The extended and ‘Stay with Me’ trailers, two previews, the Tonight Show interview, the ‘Peter’, ‘John’, ‘Mary Magdalene’, ‘Mother Mary’, ‘Caiaphas’ and ‘Pilate’ character profiles, and the Bishop T.D. Jakes, Robby Dawkins, Matthew Barnett, Danilo Montero, Mark Jobe, Ron Luce, Mark Batterson, Gabriel Salguero, Rick Warren, Cardinal Wuerl and Joel Osteen endorsements (April 4, 2015)
- The Episode 1 recap, the ‘Condemned and Crucified’, ‘Escaping Jerusalem’ and ‘Jesus Reunites with His Apostles’ clips, the ‘The Resurrection of Jesus’ preview, and the ‘Jesus’ character profile (April 6, 2015)
- Two Beyond A.D. previews, the ‘Episode 2’ preview, the ‘Watch Sunday’s Number One Show!’ preview, and the Juan Pablo Di Pace, Greta Scacchi, Adam Levy, Chipo Chung, Babou Ceesay, Denver Isaac, Pedro Lloyd Gardiner, Fraser Ayres, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Richard Coyle, Vincent Regan, Mark Burnett & Roma Downey and Luciano Capozzi interviews (April 10, 2015)
- The first episode of Beyond A.D. (April 12, 2015)
- The Episode 2 recap, the ‘The Ascension of Jesus’, ‘Who Does Jerusalem Belong to’ and ‘Tensions Flare at the Temple’ clips, and the ‘The Strength of Belief’ preview (April 13, 2015)
- The ‘The Holy Spirit’ clip, three Episode 3 previews, the James Callis, Claire Cooper, Jim Sturgeon, Farzana Dua Elahe, Marama Corlett and Jodhi May interviews, and a Beyond A.D. preview (April 17, 2015)
- The second episode of Beyond A.D. (April 19, 2015)
- The Episode 3 recap, the ‘A Miracle of Healing Begets Arrest’ clip, and the ‘The Romans Crack Down’ preview (April 20, 2015)
- The ‘Mother Mary Comforts Peter’ and ‘Peter Motivates the New Followers’ clips, and a Beyond A.D. preview (April 24, 2015)
- The third episode of Beyond A.D. (April 26, 2015)
- The Episode 4 recap, the ‘The Consequences of Showing No Mercy’, ‘Caiaphas Seeks an Assassin’ and ‘Cornelius Metes the Assassin’s Fate’ clips, and the ‘The Great Change Is Coming’ preview (April 27, 2015)
- The angelic jailbreak clip (April 28, 2015)
- The ‘Mother Mary Preaches the Faith’, ‘Gamaliel Stands Up for the Apostles’ and ‘Stephen Stands Up for God’ clips, and a Beyond A.D. preview (May 1, 2015)
- The fourth episode of Beyond A.D. (May 3, 2015)
- The Episode 5 recap, the ‘The Unjust Punishment of Righteous Men’ clip, and the ‘Power vs. Faith’ preview (May 4, 2015)
- The ‘Saul Confronts Peter’, ‘Battle of the Preachers’, ‘We Must Build the Church’, ‘Holiday Tension’ and ‘Caiaphas Confronts the Rumor Mill’ clips, a Beyond A.D. preview and the ‘Happy Mother’s Day – Call Your Mom!’ video (May 8, 2015)
- The fifth episode of Beyond A.D. (May 10, 2015)
- The ‘Saul’s Plot to Undermine the Faithful’, ‘Saul’s Message for Maya’ and ‘The True Power of Tiberius, Emperor of Rome’ clips, and the ‘The Emperor Is Coming!’ preview (May 11, 2015)
- The ‘A Miraculous Healing in Samaria’, ‘Philip Heals in the Name of Christ’ and ‘A Miracle of Faith in Samaria’ clips (May 12, 2015)
- The sixth episode of Beyond A.D. and the Episode 6 recap (May 17, 2015)
- The Episode 7 recap and the ‘Judgment Day’ preview (May 18, 2015)
- The ‘Jesus Appears to Saul’, ‘Saul Gets Baptized’ and ‘Peter Performs Healing Miracles’ clips, a Beyond A.D. preview, and the ‘Roma Downey Introduces A.D. Episode 8: Jesus Returns!’ video (May 21, 2015)
- The seventh episode of Beyond A.D. (May 24, 2015)
- The Episode 8 recap, the ‘Very Bad News Indeed’ clip, and the ‘Friends or Foes?’ preview (May 25, 2015)