The Ready Response of Rabban Gamaliel

Acts 5:27-42 ~ The Ready Response of Rabban Gamaliel

This week we finished up with Acts chapter 5, and there was much rejoicing! We took a step outside the Christian bubble to look at this section from the angle of the Sanhedrin.

We discussed the irony in their refusal to speak the name of Jesus and how Gamaliel’s response to the situation was probably motivated more by political opportunism than loyalty to The Way. 

In the end, we were reminded yet again how bold the apostles were as they continued to teach in the Temple despite this arrest and flogging. 

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Acts 5:27-42 ~ The Ready Response of Rabban Gamaliel

Another Sanhedrin court scene; Gamaliel the Pharisee; the Name of Jesus

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Illustration from Brockhaus and Efron Jewish Encyclopedia (1906—1913); the Hebrew caption above the miniature “רבן גמליﭏ” means “Rabbi Gamliel” (the leftmost letter is an aleph-lamed ligature). The image was taken from a copy of the Sarajevo Haggadah. This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 100 years or less.

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About the author: Laura Zielke

Laura Zielke (ZELL-key) is a deep thinker and Bible scholar. She is not afraid to question tradition and challenges people to evaluate their beliefs according to the Scriptures. Laura earned her M-Div. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with an emphasis on Biblical Studies, Archaeology, and Languages. She has been blessed to serve as a lay leader in local churches for more than thirty years. Having been recognized as an outstanding leader, teacher, and entrepreneur, Laura serves as the Community Manager for the Nonprofit Leadership Lab (an organization dedicated to helping nonprofit leaders worldwide accomplish their mission). She and her husband of 22 years have one son who is in the 11th grade and homeschooled. Laura is an INTJ on the Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator and 1w9 on the Enneagram. She enjoys helping people discover more about themselves, the Lord, and their purpose in life. Connect with her on social media: @thezwomann (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest).

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