Monday, June 8, 2015

Critique of A.D. The Bible Continues, Brothers at Arms



Here is the beginning of the record we have about Candace's eunuch. Whether or not he is in the next episode depicting this remains to be seen.
Acts 8:26-28
26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship,
28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. KJV
The first scene featuring the eunuch shows him entering Jerusalem and how he is greeted by the Roman soldiers. I have no problem with this at all because we are not told anything about. I also have no problem with the scene that shows Caiaphas, the High Priest, delivering the scroll of Isaiah to the eunuch. In both scenes we know the eunuch came to Jerusalem to worship and we know Phillip found him trying to understand it on his way home to Ethiopia.

One of the problems of this episode is that of chronology, which is very simple to follow. For example, everything we know about the eunuch is recorded (Acts 8:27-39) while Saul is still wreaking havoc on the church (Acts 9:1). This episode shows Saul with the other disciples and apostles as buddies when they were still archenemies.

I did find it very interesting how the Jews and Zealots were throwing around the word "cult" to refer to the "followers of that/the way," as they were first called (See Acts 19:9 but spake evil of that way). Outsiders called them cult members now insiders call other members with whom they do not agree as cult members! So ironic.

Near the end of the episode we have one of the funnier scenes of Saul ministering healing to a sick girl that I believe he called Tabitha. (I could have heard him wrong). We have already seen that even if Saul had been there, which he wasn't, it was Peter who was doing the ministering to one called Tabitha, who was not sick, but dead! I don't know, maybe this was someone else and Peter will raise her next week, because a scene from next week showed someone raising someone from what appeared to be the dead. We'll see.
Acts 9:36-40
36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.
37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.healing, cult,eunuch, Ethiopia
38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.
39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.
40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. KJV
The thing that was funny to me in the scene of Saul ministering to the girl was that the words he was saying were like he was reading directly from Romans 8:35-39!

The final scene of the apostles and disciples sending Saul away to his hometown of Tarsus was very good. It would have been even better had it been 3 years later.
Acts 9:29-30
29 And he was talking and arguing with the Hellenistic Jews; but they were attempting to put him to death. 30 But when the brethren learned of it, they brought him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus. NASB