Saul returns to Jerusalem (Acts 9:26)

“When Saul

Came to Jerusalem,

He attempted

To join the disciples.

They were all afraid

Of him.

They did not believe

That he was a disciple.”

Παραγενόμενος δὲ εἰς Ἱερουσαλὴμ ἐπείραζεν κολλᾶσθαι τοῖς μαθηταῖς· καὶ πάντες ἐφοβοῦντο αὐτόν, μὴ πιστεύοντες ὅτι ἐστὶν μαθητής.

The author of Acts indicated that when Saul went to Jerusalem (Παραγενόμενος δὲ εἰς Ἱερουσαλὴμ), he attempted (ἐπείραζεν) to join (κολλᾶσθαι) the disciples (τοῖς μαθηταῖς) of Jesus.  However, they were all afraid of him (καὶ πάντες ἐφοβοῦντο αὐτόν).  They did not believe (μὴ πιστεύοντες) that he was a true disciple (ὅτι ἐστὶν μαθητής).  Obviously, the disciples of Jesus in Jerusalem had seen Saul and his earlier activities against them, as in chapter 8:1 and 9:1-2.  This is slightly different than what Saul said in Galatians, chapter 1:18, where he said that he only visited with Peter and James in Jerusalem.  Thus, there was some tension between the newly converted Saul and the original early Christian community in Jerusalem because of his past activities.  They were distrustful of Saul.  Do you distrust some people because of their past activities?

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