National Geographic : 1967 Oct
Alexander the Great, Roman legions that rendered Palestine unto Caesar. Famed for his Dead Sea Scrolls excava tions, French archeologist Pere Roland de Vaux of Jerusalem's Ecole Biblique re-creates life under Rome's shadow in the Jerusalem and Galilee of Jesus' day. And Dr. Emil G. Kraeling, Biblical scholar and biographer of Paul, fleshes out a portrait of the great mis sionary who carried the "good news" that changed history's course.* Ever since I was a boy, Paul has fired my imagination. Such journeys he made! "Thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep," he wrote in his Second Epistle to the Corinthians. His de 504 scription in Acts 27 of "being exceedingly tossed with a tempest" strikes a responsive chord in anyone who has felt the crash of green water on a lurching deck. I have visited Paul's birthplace, Tarsus, where Cleopatra on a gilded ship with purple sails and silver oars-Plutarch tells us voyaged to meet Mark Antony. I have strolled the "street which is called Straight" in Da mascus, where Paul came, converted to Christianity in a blinding vision. I have seen the site of Antioch, where he set out on his missions and men were first called Christians. But it was in the Greek city of Corinth that I felt closest to Paul. Wandering amid its shattered glories, I recalled his despair when *See "Jerusalem to Rome in the Path of St. Paul," by David S. Boyer, GEOGRAPHIC, December, 1956.