posted on Feb, 17 2013 @ 04:55 AM
(I haven;t read every post, so maybe I'm repeating)
An intreresting point I never thought of, that when Saul (Paul, a.k.a. Pauly) was dragging people off to prison he would take some time to read their
papers and, likely more importantly, some of them were probably quite vocal in trying to educate Saul about their beliefs. He would have seen the
earnestness in their voices, and the attitude of hope in their demeanor. Saul was not a stupid fellow, although a harsh one, so he would have likely
had discussion with lots of them (dragging people off can't be the end all of a working day, they had to be processed, fed, etc. Unless Saul was just
the hunter and had nothing to do with them once they were captured).
Paul was likely a murderer, sure. Although I don't know the historical punishment of the era for just being a Christian (remember, this was very soon
after Jesus died, so if the punishment was death then all the apostles would have been rounded up quickly and not after many years). Once Paul was
"converted" nobody hunted him down and killed him, until much later, so he moved pretty freely, all the time competing with Peter (for the widow,
Mary Magdelene, both of them did the old Jerry Seinfeld move, "Tell them you're there for them when they break up with someone, and after awhile,
you're just there." Didn't you ever think where the folk group 'Peter, Paul and Mary' got their name????). So yes, seems reasonable Paul would
read the literature and have discussions with his prisoners, and would be quite submerged in the data. Maybe he had his own private collection, or an
"official" collection in his office. Would make for some good scenes in a movie.