To proclaim Jesus
In the synagogues.
‘Jesus is the Son of God.’”
καὶ εὐθέως ἐν ταῖς συναγωγαῖς ἐκήρυσσεν τὸν Ἰησοῦν, ὅτι οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ Υἱὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ.
The author of Acts indicated that immediately (καὶ εὐθέως), Saul began to proclaim (ἐκήρυσσεν) Jesus (τὸν Ἰησοῦν) in the synagogues (ἐν ταῖς συναγωγαῖς) of Damascus. He said that Jesus is the Son of God (ὅτι οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ Υἱὸς τοῦ Θεοῦ). Only Acts, chapter 26:20, mentioned his preaching in Damascus. Acts, chapter 22, did not mention him staying in Damascus at all. The Jewish synagogues were just beginning to become important as centers of fellowship, worship, and learning. Saul would continue his habit of first preaching in the synagogues any place that he visited. This proclamation that Jesus is the Son of God would have been startling to the Jewish Sabbath worshipers in the Damascus synagogues. Would you go to a Jewish synagogue and say that Jesus is the Son of God?