Judge David Johnson followed in the footsteps of Paul, the guy he plays rec league basketball with. It was boring.
The Poirot star explores Christianity's early years.
David Suchet (Poirot), goes on a very personal journey across the stomping grounds of the Apostle Paul, looking to learn more about the man and figure out what in his past made him such a polarizing figure. That certainly glosses it over, but rest assured, for those with an interest in Christianity—whether as a historian or as a believer—there's plenty of quality documenting to dig into here.
The two-part program originally aired on the BBC and the eggheads at Athena have wisely imported it. The first episode has Suchet journeying through Jerusalem, hitting all manner of sacrosanct location, living vicariously through the rich history and attempting to set up who Paul was and what life was like when he was running around as Saul. Episode Two dives deeper into Paul's ministry, as Suchet travels through Europe, tracing the Apostle's adventure in spreading the Gospel and going after the Gentiles to convert them to the exciting new Jesus movement.
It's all quite exotic and beautiful and the historical storytelling is rich. There's obviously a lot going on with Paul, and Suchet hits the man's hot spots and buttresses his travels with expert interviews. In addition, Suchet has an authentic interest in the material (he converted to Christianity in 1986) and it shows from the way he presents the program. The man is living the dream and the fact that his sight-seeing takes on such a personal feel makes the documentary come to life. In fact, my only want was for Suchet offered a bit more of this personal insight; he doesn't mention talk about his faith or mention his conversion. A little bit of that would add even more emotional heft.
As it stands, In the Footsteps of St. Paul is a great documentary and worth a look for anyone with an academic or faith-based curiosity towards the subject matter.
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