Acts 9: 26 – 28
When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the Apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he has preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.
This scene appears to be at the entrance of the building where the Christians of Jerusalem meet. Columns can be seen to the left, and an entrance to the building on the right. A strong light is cast against the columns from the left, suggesting that they are near an outside light source. Barnabas is bringing Saul toward the group. About seven are seated along the walls with hand and facial gestures which appear to question whether Saul is truly converted to be Christ’ disciple. Several other people stand in the doorway, looking at the interaction and each other.
One face, just in the shadow of the doorway appears to be a woman, by the length and style of her hair. If so, this is the first woman to appear in these frescoes. Of note, most religious traditions at this time, including Judaism, segregated men and women. Later on, we will see that Saul, just as Jesus had, appealed to all people. Women would become prominent in the church… not just serving coffee and muffins between services.