Some Sadducees and Pharisees Believed

While Acts 2 demonstrates that the Jewish people – assembling in Jerusalem from the Diaspora during the festival of Shavuot – were the first recipients of the New Covenant, what about the Jewish leadership? The Gospels present the Sanhedrin, made up of mostly Sadducees and Pharisees, as engaging in debate with and seemingly opposing Jesus’ […]

David Stern on Acts 1:6-9

The beginning of the book of Acts records a brief, yet incredibly important exchange between Jesus and his disciples, just before His ascension: So when [the disciples] had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times […]

Painting a Portrait of Paul

What kind of portrait does the book of Acts paint of Saul/Paul? Does it fit our traditional narratives? How does our view of Paul and his relationship with the early messianic believers impact our reading of his epistles and letters? Let’s start by showing what Paul was like before his Damascus road conversion. We’re first introduced […]

David Biven on Acts 21:20

David Biven of Jerusalem Perspective shares a quick video regarding traditional translations of Acts 21:20: And when they heard it, they glorified God. And they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed. They are all zealous for the law… Acts 21:20 (ESV) οἱ δὲ […]