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David Suchet: In the Footsteps of St Paul
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Years ago, David Suchet read St Paul’s Letter to the Romans and became fascinated with the man who changed Western thought. Suchet doesn’t claim the moment as a Damascene conversion, but he seems genuinely engaged with his subject matter.
He starts in Jerusalem, where Paul crushed followers of the Jesus movement, a fledgeling Jewish cult. Then it’s Tarsus, Paul’s home town, where locals believe his legacy lives on in a spirit of tolerance. In the first of two programmes, Suchet is beginning to work out Paul’s character. In a grotto above Ephesus lined with Christian frescos, Suchet lingers by a painting of his hero and draws an unlikely, wistful conclusion: “He does look like me, doesn’t he?”
Two thousand years ago, St Paul helped transform the teachings of Jesus into a new global religion and the dominant force in Western civilisation. Not bad for a man who started out as an active persecutor of Christianity. Actor David Suchet begins the first of a two-part journey in search of this most enigmatic of figures, tracking Paul's early life and career, his conversion on the road to Damascus and the start of his missionary work, when he challenged the world of the classical gods and established the first churches.
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