David Suchet in the Footsteps of St. Paul
Actor David Suchet (Agatha Christie's Poirot) sets out on a personal journey around the Mediterranean to uncover the story of a man he has longed to play - the biblical Saint Paul. Paul did more than any other individual to transform the fledgling Jesus Movement from an obscure Jewish sect into a new global religion. But what drove a 5' 8" powerhouse of a man to embark on his extraordinary missionary journeys, traveling 10,000 miles by foot, and many more by sea to challenge the pagan world and the might of Rome?
This two-part documentary retraces Paul's footsteps in search of the real and highly controversial man hidden within the pages of the New Testament. Traveling across the Mediterranean world, Suchet visits ancient and modern locations, interviews expert witnesses and deciphers new evidence from the latest archaeological and historical research. His quest sheds fascinating new light on Paul as he uncovers the character of the man credited with bringing Christianity to the world and changing western civilization.
Episode #101H Duration: 51:53 STEREO TVPG
Suchet begins on the path of St. Paul throughout the Middle East/Asia Minor from Jerusalem to Turkey, and explores Paul's Damascus conversion road experience that would change his life forever. He also seeks to show how Paul's early life in Tarsus would prepare him for his missionary work that would take him across the Roman Empire. In Antioch we encounter Paul and the fledgling church as they make the crucial decision to admit Gentiles into the Christian faith. This episode ends with Suchet's saying that Paul's next big step would be to convert the populations in Europe - which sets Paul up with a confrontation with Rome.
Episode #102H Duration: 1:06:05 STEREO TVPG
Suchet follows Paul's journey to the west where the name of Jesus was not known. Paul wants to convert people to Jesus before the end of the world arrives. But he is doing so in areas where Caesar himself is believed to be a God, and his mission is not well received. Successes are met with failures in places like Philippi and Thessaloniki, but Paul is proud of hardships as they serve to strengthen his resolve to change the world. All roads lead to Rome, the hub of early Christianity, and it is here that Paul will pay the ultimate price.