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Reviews From Scholars

“Its engrossing 80 cinematic minutes portray a Paul convincingly situated in his first century Mediterranean setting and immersed in conflict with Christ-movement leaders in Jerusalem

in a way normally only attained in serious academic scholarship. It compellingly integrates a strong story-line, lively interviews with leading New Testament scholars, fine animation and effects, and magnificent music. Whenever I teach Paul in the future I will show this film to my students very early in the course.”
Philip Esler, The University of Gloucestershire

A Polite Bribe pulls back the veil on that history revealing the true account of the parties and politics that gave birth to Christianity, including Paul’s bitter conflict with James the brother of Jesus and the original apostles. The fateful results of that “battle of the apostles,” is an untold story that is at last coming to light.
James Tabor Chair, Dept. of Religious Studies, UNC

Robert Orlando is by far the most knowledgeable and probing filmmaker I have dealt with in connection with films on Jesus or Paul. He has read widely, knows the different perspectives on Paul, his letters, and the cast of scholarly characters. While maintaining a broad spectrum of views on Paul, he will surely produce the most ‘down-to-earth’ Paul that we have yet seen on film.
Richard Horsley- D.P. of Lib. Arts and Religion, UMass

Robert Orlando has an amazing knowledge not only of Paul, but also of Pauline scholarship. What matters most, however, is the fact that he retains a healthy critical attitude to the apostle that balances the extent to which he too, like so many others, has fallen under his spell.
Troels Engberg-Pedersen, Univ of Copenhagen

Robert Orlando is the most well-read, knowledgeable, and passionate film-maker ever to tackle the Apostle Paul. Because Orlando combines mastery of his subject with such eye-catching artistry and creativity, he succeeds in making a film that both illumines its subject and pleases the eye.
Pamela Eisenbaum - Assoc Prof, 
IIiff School of Theology

This is not your ordinary life of Paul. Not a triumphant apostle of the gospel of Jesus Christ, but one who suffered set-back after set-back throughout his career, often in the form of opposition from the church in Jerusalem. Despite all that, he nevertheless remained faithful to his apostolic ministry to the gentiles. But despite all forms of opposition, Paul remained faithful to his God-given task of announcing what God has done for all peoples, Jew as well as gentile, in his act of grace in Jesus Christ.
Paul Achtemier - Union Theological Seminary, Virginia

Robert Orlando promises a breakthrough film on Paul. He combines real expertise and creativity in film-making with a sophisticated knowledge of the New Testament and the Pauline literature within it. No one has previously been able to combine these talents before. His film will be the first to capture an audience and still remain accurate and informative.
Alan F. Segal - Prof of Religion
, Columbia University

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