Another modern-dress Biblical piece... this time from the book of Acts. (I think.... if I'm wrong, please correct me.)
Anyway, when Paul was en route to Rome for his trial, they were shipwrecked on Malta. Bored, the saint decided to build a fire, and unfortunately for him, there was a viper in the bundle of wood he was carrying. It bit him, but the Lord was with him, and he went on to write about 75% of the New Testament.
The geeky-looking guy with his hand on Paul's shoulder is St. Luke, author of Acts and the gospel according to St. Luke. He is believed to be a Greek physician and painter. A portrait of Jesus attributed to Luke is packed away in St. John Lateran, the cathedral in Rome. Centuries of washing the painting's feet on Good Friday turned out to be just as bad an idea for preserving it as it sounds.
If you look in the upper left corner, you'll find a Maltese Falcon overlooking the scene. Because St. Luke is not the only geek involved in this picture.