Due to overwhelming popular demand, I am liveblogging the show starring Hercule Poirot about following in the footsteps of Paul. I will update as appropriate…
“The Jews never accepted Roman occupation” – I guess they have to be simplistic in these documentaries.
Ooh the Mount of Olives. Ahh the memories.
I quite like David Suchet. He speaks well, and he has a nice hat.
Now he’s in Turkey. Wow, Jerome Murphy-O’Connor! He’s speculating about how Paul had Roman citizenship. Murphy O’Connor gets cross when people don’t pay attention to his work (see his recent collected essays on 1 Corinthians) so I hope Poirot pays proper attention.
J M-O’C is explaining simply but clearly why Paul was persecuting the new sect of Christianity. This is quite good.
Poirot is quoting 1 Corinthians 13, and asking how the author stoned Stephen. A good question: What transformed him?
Wow, Poirot says “DamARscus”
In these sorts of documentaries, they always love to say that they want to find out “what really happened.”
They are explaining Paul’s “conversion” in psychological terms. That’s okay, but I’d hardly say it’s adequate.
Now Poirot is on a train… I wonder if it’s the Orient Express?
Now he’s in Tarsus. I get a little edgy when people start making claims about “Paul was here” or “Paul touched this”… we’ll see how this goes…
Ooh a Roman site – complete with Roman road, in Tarsus… Oh dear – Poirot: “Would Paul have walked on this road?” Come on Hercule, has Agatha Christie taught you nothing about getting overly excited about overly-obvious clues?
Now he’s in Antioch – I definitely want to go there. Hey, there’s Helen Bond!
He’s in a cafe now, sipping on a Turkish coffee. Hey I like Turkish food – like, as in, I REALLY like it. It’s been ages since I’ve had any. Wait a minute, is it Turkish food that I like, or some other country? I think I like Turkish food – that’s like pides and stuff, right? Yeah, that stuff’s good, but I bet it’s high GI.
Hey, Helen Bond is doing well – nicely put! She’s explaining how Gentiles and Jews could come to God through faith, rather than the law.
Now they’re talking about the Jerusalem Council. That Greek Orthodox leader has a really neat beard. He must comb it every day – perhaps even twice daily.
Hey now he’s in Ephesus. I’d really really like to go there. Any benefactors out there like to make it happen? Now they’re talking about Artemis – hey this is good. And now they’re at the library, looking at the Menorah carved into the steps of the library. I like this show. Hey there’s the multi-breasted Artemis.
Now he’s at the Ephesian theatre, reading from the book of Acts. If I had to do a limerick about Ephesus, I’d try rhyming “Ephesus” with “Pegasus.” I’d probably have to slur my pronunciation though. Now we’re going to a secret cave associated with St Paul… why is there always a secret cave?
Now he’s moving north. And he’s saying DamARscus again.
And that, my friends, is the end of this part of the documentary. I don’t know when the rest of it will be on.