Mr. Slaughter has been getting almost as much mileage out of the Bible as a Cecil B. DeMille or a John Huston or a Lloyd C. Douglas. Unfortunately he doesn't even have their banal flair. Rarely have miracles seemed so pedestrian as in this fictionalized biography of the apostle Paul. In fact, at one point we even find Paul opting for a miracle as a more ""dramatic approach"" in impressing the pagans. The well known plot, in this case, runs mostly to conversations and conversions with an undue amount of philosophizing amid tremors of guilt. We follow Paul as Saul through a shaky adolescence, questioning, wondering, confused about the correctness of the Jewish Law. Then we see him become an obedient follower of the old faith, taking it in his stride when asked to become chief persecutor of that annoying sect known as the Nazarenes. Actually he comes off as a pretty flabby personality and one is never quite sure just why Jesus calls him, personally. One would think that the Lord would have had better judgment, at least in this book. But then on to the rigors of the Christian life and leadership and the apotheosis of Saul turned Paul. Verily, verily we say unto you, read if you will but the original version is so much better.