They plot to kill Saul (Acts 9:23)

“After some time

Had passed,

The Jews plotted

To kill Saul.”

Ὡς δὲ ἐπληροῦντο ἡμέραι ἱκαναί, συνεβουλεύσαντο οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι ἀνελεῖν αὐτόν·

The author of Acts indicated that after some time had passed (Ὡς δὲ ἐπληροῦντο ἡμέραι ἱκαναί), the Jews (οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι) plotted (συνεβουλεύσαντο) to kill Saul (ἀνελεῖν αὐτόν).  How long was this some time?  According to Paul’s letter to the Galatians, chapter 1:17-18, Saul said that he did not confer with other humans or go to Jerusalem.  Instead he went to Arabia, and then returned to Damascus.  After three years, he went to Jerusalem and stayed with Peter in Jerusalem for fifteen days.  Most commentators speak of this Arabia as the Nabataean kingdom that is southeast of Damascus.  At some point, the various Jewish groups turned on Saul.  In 2 Corinthians, chapter 11:32, Saul said that the governor under King Aretas IV (9 BCE-40 CE) guarded the city of Damascus to seize Saul, rather than the Jews, since King Aretas ruled Damascus at the time of the conversion of Saul.  King Aretas’ daughter was married to, and divorced from, Herod Antipas.  Thus, he would have been involved in Israelite and Jewish politics.  Saul stayed in Damascus for some time, perhaps up to three years.  The Jews in Damascus probably got the king on their side to get rid of Saul, since they would have no power or authority otherwise.  Have you ever tried to get rid of someone?

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