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Pauls Defense Speech

Posted on December 5, 2016 at 4:45 PM
When Paul was arrested In the Temple Acts 21, Paul asks the Commander's permission to speak and offer his case of defence publically to the mob. He stands on the step of the Fortress of Antonia and in part of his statement in Acts 22 mentions he was brought up under Gamaliel. Who was Gamaliel? What was this profound statement and why did he mention Gamaliel ? Gamaliel was one of the greatest teachers of the Ancient Hebrew Scriptures and his Grandfather, Hillel was the founder of two of the main learning Schools or what we refer to as Universities to train up Pharisee Scholars and Leaders. Gamaliel was the first of Seven Scholars of the University of Hillel to be honoured with the Title "Rabban" or "Our Rabbi". So Paul making his statement said that he had been Brought up in Jerusalem and under Gamaliel 'thoroughly trained in the Law of our Fathers" (Acts 22:3) So it is apparent that Paul was a highly educated man and received the best possible Hebrew education of his day. Gamaliel is also mentioned in Acts Chapter 5 when Peter and the Apostle's were before the Sanhedrin on the charge of teaching about Jesus as the Christ. The members of the Sanhedrin became incensed when Peter and the Apostles declared "We must obey God rather than men" 5:29 and were about to be put to death . It was Gamaliel, a respected Pharisee and teacher of the Law and member of the Sanhedrin who persuaded them to let the Apostles go and wisely observing the following; "If their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail" but if it is of God ( Gods mandate) you will not be able to stop these men" (Acts 5. 38-39). Curator.

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