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A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Wednesdays With Wright: The Book of Acts, 24

1 comment:

d said...

Interesting piece.
I am not so sure I agree with your statement the “Romans rescue Paul“.
I have the impression the Romans have about the same attitude with Paul being brought before them as they did with Christ before the Romans.
The Jews where a pain to the Roman rulers.
A people they had to pacify and contend with to keep the peace.
It would be costly and time consuming to send guards every time the Jews become obsessed with some event the Romans considered unimportant.
A waste of time and resources .
Rome did not like disorder.
Roman authorities would be very concerned with a Roman Citizen denied rights and privilege exclusive to Roman Citizens.

Paul was interesting to a people ( Romans) obsessed with philosophy.
They gave an ear to this new train of thought and this unusual God Paul spoke of.
Not because they believed what Paul was saying but because it was new and different.
Paul’s rescue came due to a horrible deadly mistake made by the guards overseeing mob control.
To beat a Roman citizen in public and with out a trial?
No Roman citizen was to be subjected to humiliating punishments in public.
All Roman citizens were entitled to a trial.
Paul knew the law and did not mention his Roman citizenship until after the beating and when he did proclaim his Roman citizenship it was done with authority.
That is interesting.
Why would he not proclaim his Roman citizenship prior to the beating?
This well educated Roman Jew saved himself by using his wits?

Things to ponder….