by Harley Howard

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The Book of Acts Chapter 22 (38 of 44)
Dr. Harley Howard

In chapter 21, we saw Paul beaten, almost to death, by
an unruly Jewish mob. He was then taken prisoner by
the Roman soldiers of Antonia and was mistaken for an
Egyptian insurrectionist, who was a ringleader of 4000
murders. He was being carried up the stairs of the
Antonian tower and then he appealed to the commander
to allow him to give his defense before the people who
want him killed. In verses 1-21 of this chapter, he
attempted to give the people some background in his
heritage, his education, and his background as a
Pharisee, to show that not only was he a creditable
man, but not a fanatic. He attempted to give to the
people that he loved, his Jewish brothers, according
to the flesh, his conversion experience with Christ.

1 Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defence
which I make now unto you.
2 (And when they heard that he spake in the Hebrew
tongue to them, they kept the more silence: and he
3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a
city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the
feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect
manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous
toward God, as ye all are this day.

1) Heritage. Paul by heritage was a Jew. He was born
a Jew.

2) He was trained under one of the greatest teachers
of Judaism. Paul by training was trained as a Jew.
He sat at the feet of Gamaliel. Who was this man
Gamaliel? We saw in Acts chapter 5 that he was a
Pharisee and the most influential teacher of the
Pharisees and a celebrated doctor of the law. In Acts
22:3; Paul described him as his teacher. He was
generally identified with the very celebrated Jewish
doctor Gamaliel, grandson of Hillel, and who is
referred to as authority in the Jewish Mishna. This
man was very well respected and held in high esteem by
all orthodox Jews.

3) Pharisaic Background. H ...

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