The Jewish officials (Acts 4:1)

“As Peter and John

Were speaking

To the people,

The priests,

The captain of the Temple,

And the Sadducees

Came to them.”

Λαλούντων δὲ αὐτῶν πρὸς τὸν λαὸν, ἐπέστησαν αὐτοῖς οἱ ἱερεῖς καὶ ὁ στρατηγὸς τοῦ ἱεροῦ καὶ οἱ Σαδδουκαῖοι,

The author of Acts indicated that as Peter and John were speaking (Λαλούντων δὲ αὐτῶν) to the people (πρὸς τὸν λαὸν), the priests (οἱ ἱερεῖς), the captain of the Temple (ὁ στρατηγὸς τοῦ ἱεροῦ), and the Sadducees (καὶ οἱ Σαδδουκαῖοι) came to them (ἐπέστησαν αὐτοῖς).  Thus, there was a continual conflict with the Jewish authorities and the early followers of Jesus, just as there had been an uneasy relationship between Jesus and the Jerusalem Jewish authorities.  These Jewish authorities interrupted the presentation by Peter.  Who were these people?  The priests were the priests of the Jerusalem Temple.  The captain of the Temple was the one in charge of the religious worship services in the Temple.  The aristocratic Sadducees were, of course, opposed to the resurrection in general.  Thus, they were opposed to all this talk about the resurrected Jesus.  The Pharisees are not mentioned here.  There was going to be confrontation.  Has anyone ever stopped you from talking?

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