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Paul the Apostle

Verses painted on the rocks in the game derive from Acts 9, referencing the conversion of Paul the Apostle:

And as he journeyed, it came to pass that he drew nigh unto Damascus: and suddenly there shone round about him a light out of heaven: and he fell upon the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: but rise, and enter into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. And the men that journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing the voice, but beholding no man. And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw nothing; and they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and did neither eat nor drink.

— Acts 9:3–9

A Prophecy About Damascus

In the third level, The Caves, the following passage from the Bible is written on the wall of the cavern multiple times: "Behold, Damascus is taken". This is from Isaiah 17:1 and a longer version of the passage is as follows:

A Prophecy About Damascus

1The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

— Isaiah 17:1


The narrator mentions a passage from Donnelly's book about a Bible that is shared on the island, though it is later stolen. A bible can be found among the standing stones in the first chapter of the game.

Lot's Wife

Lot's wife is a character in the Book of Genesis, Chapter 19. She is turned into a pillar of salt after disobeying the orders of angels not to look back at the burning city of Sodom as she flees with her family.

Some Possible Interpretations

Paul is mentioned several times in the monologues as a person traveling towards Damascus, but never reaching his destination, potentially due to the narrator. This is a biblical reference to Paul the Apostle, who ran into Jesus risen from the grave on his way to Damascus. There are also references of Paul having his own windscreen and a dented bonnet, indicating that he may have been involved in a car crash with the narrator in another car. Paul is said to have almost died, but that he was resurrected, which is again a biblical reference to Paul the Apostle who lost his sight after the encounter on the road to Damascus for three whole days. It is possible that similar to how Jesus was dead at the time of running into apostle Paul, the narrator and/or Esther may be dead at the time of running into Paul, as well.