This episode's link to the Bible is found in Acts 9:23-28.
This episode portrays the suspicion and dilemma of the apostles as they are confronted with Saul's conversion and his desire to be accepted into the work of gospel ministry. Although Acts 9:26 gives a brief acknowledgment of the apostles' fear, I think this episode did a pretty good job of working through what that fear might have looked like. The text of Acts makes it seem like it was just a simple matter of Barnabas vouching for Saul and all was well, but that seems rather unrealistic.
This exchange highlights one of the problems I've had throughout this series. The problem is with the meaning of forgiveness as understood by it. I've noticed how forgiveness is consistently portrayed as having all the past washed away, all is lovey-dovey, everyone is accepted, and there are no consequences for past actions. When Saul asks Peter for forgiveness, this is what Saul expects. Peter struggles with forgiveness, because to forgive Saul means (at least according to the definition of forgiveness in the series) that means that there is no accountability or responsibility for Saul's past actions. In fact it is with only great reluctance that Saul eve mentions to Peter his acknowledgment of the past. Saul thinks that forgiveness should just be given.
And here I think this series parrots some of the troublesome teachings found in some segments of Christianity: namely that if a person claims genuine conversion and has accepted the forgiveness from God/Jesus, then the church's responsibility is to accept that, without question. (Certain recent events come to mind where a person acknowledges their "sin" before God and claims to be forgiven. Therefore, the past should be forgotten and they should be accepted fully into community, no questions asked.)
After several episodes in which women were rarely seen in prominent roles, this episode returns with a bang the strong women of the series: Claudia, Leah, Mary Magdalene, Joanna, and Eva. This episode introduces the character of Tabitha, who may be the one so named in Acts 9:36. In the series, she is a servant in the household of Chuza and Joanna. These women are not content to sit by and wait for events to come upon them. They are involved in making things happen, for good and for evil.
I felt like there was more character development in this episode. The political intrigues continue, but it didn't feel like that was the main plotline. No one seems to be in control of their destinies. Pilate is at the whim of Caligula. Caiaphas seems powerless to do anything constructive. Leah is behind the scenes trying to kill Saul, but how successful will that be? The apostles have been given a huge unknown to deal with: Saul. Agrippa now fears his "friend" Caligula, the emperor.
This was, in my opinion, one of the better episodes in the series. I wasn't banging my head against the table nor grinding my teeth while watching it, as sometimes has been the case during watching of the "terrible" episodes. I give it a 7 out of 10 (which in my history of TV program ratings, means quite decent).