David Suchet: In the Foot­steps of St Paul

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Fri­day, 8.30pm, SBS One Per­haps best known as Her­cule Poirot in the TV pro­gram Agatha Christie’s Poirot, David Suchet tells us that for the past 25 years he has been fas­ci­nated by St Paul, a real man who fig­ures in the New Tes­ta­ment. To some, St Paul is the man who did more than any­one else to trans­form Chris­tian­ity from a small Jewish sect into one of the most pow­er­ful reli­gions in the world. For oth­ers he is a crea­ture of prej­u­dices that echoed throughout his­tory, who once sup­ported the ston­ing to death of early Chris­tians. St Paul is also the guy known for a dra­matic con­ver­sion on the road to Da­m­as­cus. A man of con­trasts, then, and con­fu­sions. He also thought the end of the world was im­mi­nent and felt he had a God­given mis­sion to con­vert non-believ­ers to Je­sus. You get the sense that if any­one can find out who St Paul re­ally was, it’s Suchet. The prob­lem is, will any­body care?

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