1) Was Saul/Paul knocked off his horse on the road to Damascus?Anyway, happy feast of St. Paul! In the Carmelites, this used to be a special feast for the brothers who were not priests, so a happy feast to them in particular.
Despite all the paintings, scripture does not say whether Paul was riding a horse or not. Acts 9:3-4 just says he was traveling to Damascus and fell to the ground. Artists, like Parmiagino, usually had him struck from a horse for a variety of reasons. It added drama and implied action to the work , for example, whereas a painting of a man lying in the middle of the road might look too static.
2) Did Paul see Jesus on this occasion?
In Acts 9:3 Paul is said to see a light from heaven and hears a voice that identifies itself as Jesus. In Paul’s account in Acts 22:7-8, we find the same thing. Again, artists often portrayed a figure of Jesus visible within the bright light from above for dramatic purposes.
3) Did Paul’s companions see anything?
Trick question! Acts 9:7 says “though they heard the voice they could see no one.” Acts 22:9 says they “saw the light but did not hear his voice as he spoke to me.”
4) Did his companions hear anything?
Again, Acts 9:7 says they heard the voice; Acts 22:9 says they did not.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Today Catholics and some other churches celebrate the conversion of
on the road to St. Paul . It is one of the most famous episodes in the Acts of the Apostles, and here is a little Bible quiz for today. Damascus