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.