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    Looking at film interpretations of the stories in the Bible - past, present and future, as well as preparation for a future work on Straub/Huillet's Moses und Aron and a few bits and pieces on biblical studies.

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    Wednesday, July 09, 2008

    St.Paul's 2000th Birthday

    I only realised this yesterday, but, apparently the Pope has declared that the next 12 months are to be a year long celebration of the 2000th anniversary of the birth of St. Paul. Although it's fairly unclear when exactly Paul was born, those who think we have sufficient data to make such a call tend to go for sometime between 5 and 10 BCE. I'm slightly sceptical that we have enough evidence to really be sure even of that kind of range. I suspect that the Pope simply thinks it's an event that should be celebrated, and so just chose an appropriate year.

    The image above is an extended stamp type thing from Malta (which was actually what drew my attention to it - it's obvisouly a bigger deal over there than it is here) and there's a little more on this here


    • At 8:29 am, July 10, 2008, Blogger Unknown said…

      Wow was surprised when I opened your blog and found a stamp of my country Malta! Yes it is a big event here cause according to the bible and our beliefs it was St Paul who brought the message of Christ to our islands.

      God Bless


    • At 8:51 am, July 10, 2008, Blogger Matt Page said…

      Thanks JoAnne. I had thought that that was probably the connection. Even so I'm suprised at just how differently our countries have reacted to this.


    • At 6:49 pm, May 25, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said…

      Is there any place that the "Life of Paul" (1949) film can be purchased?

    • At 10:37 pm, June 16, 2013, Blogger Matt Page said…

      Not that I know of I'm afraid, but it might be worth checking eBay, iOffer and so forth.



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