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26, 14:


It is hard for you to kick against the goad…this proverb is


commonly found in Greek literature and in this context signifies the senselessness and ineffectiveness of any opposition to the divine influence in his life.


26, 16: The words of Jesus directed to Paul here reflect the dialogues between Christ and Ananias (9, 15) and between Ananias and Paul (22, 14-15) in two previous accounts of Paul’s conversion.


26, 18: To open their eyes…though no mention is made of Paul’s blindness in this account, (cf 9, 8-9.12.18;22, 11-13), the task he is commissioned to perform is the removal of other people’s spiritual blindness.


26, 23: That the Messiah must suffer: see the note on (Lk 24, 26).


26, 26: Not done in a corner…for Luke, this Greek proverb expresses his belief that he is presenting a story about Jesus and the church that is already well known. As such, the entire history of Christianity is public knowledge and incontestable. Luke presents his story in this way to provide “certainty” to his readers about the instruction they have received (Lk 1, 4).


26, 27-28: If the Christian missionaries proclaim nothing different


from what the Old Testament prophets had proclaimed, then the logical outcome for the believing Jew, according to Luke, is to become a Christian.


Acts 26: 1-29


1 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You may now speak on your own behalf.” So Paul stretched out his hand and began his defense. 2 ”I count myself fortunate, King Agrippa, that I am to defend myself before you today against all charges made against me by the Jews, 3 especially since you are an expert in all Jewish customs and controversies. And therefore I beg you to listen patiently. 4 My manner of living from my youth, a life spent from the beginning among my people and in Jerusalem, all (the) Jews know. 5 They have know about me from the start, if they are willing to testify, that I have lived my life as a Pharisee, the strictest party of our religion. 6 But now I am standing trial because of my hope in the promise made by God to our ancestors. 7 Our twelve tribes hope to attain to that promise as they fervently worship God day and night; and on account of this hope I am accused by Jews, O king. 8 Why is it thought unbelievable among you


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