Yesterday, I posted on Luke’s theologizing of the conversion of Saul. So, I want to post just a few thoughts about what his historical Damascus Road event may have been.
Paul was a good Jew – a Pharisee. They did not take too kindly to the physically different. Remember, nothing not-right could worship in the Temple. No Eunuchs, for example.
So, Saul, going about knifing Jesus followers, has an accident. Perhaps a fall or a serious fever that causes him to lose most of his eyesight. No doubt, a proper interpretation of such a fever would be God’s will, and thus, for the Pharisee, a sign to force Saul to consider his actions.
In Paul’s recovery, he meets a Jesus-follower. And suddenly…
And remember, Paul does not have much to say about his conversion experience except that God showed him Jesus.