They send Saul to Tarsus (Acts 9:30)

“When the brother believers

Learned of it,

They brought him down

To Caesarea.

They sent him off

To Tarsus.”

ἐπιγνόντες δὲ οἱ ἀδελφοὶ κατήγαγον αὐτὸν εἰς Καισάριαν καὶ ἐξαπέστειλαν αὐτὸν εἰς Ταρσόν.

The author of Acts indicated that when the believers or the brothers (οἱ ἀδελφοὶ) learned (ἐπιγνόντες δὲ) of the proposed threat to Saul, they brought him down (κατήγαγον αὐτὸν) to Caesarea (εἰς Καισάριαν).  Then they sent him off (καὶ ἐξαπέστειλαν αὐτὸν) to Tarsus (εἰς Ταρσόν), his hometown.  They brought him to Caesarea, but sent him to Tarsus.  The city of Caesarea was built by Herod the Great about 25–13 BCE as a major port on the Mediterranean coast.  Caesarea was the administrative center of the Judaea Province of the Roman Empire.  It was a couple of hundred miles to Tarsus by sea and less than one hundred miles by land from Jerusalem.  Tarsus was a major city in Asia Minor, about ten miles from the Mediterranean Sea.  Tarsus has a 6,000-year-old history as one of the oldest cities in the world as a commercial trading post.  During the Roman Empire, Tarsus was the capital of the province of Cilicia, where the first meeting between Mark Antony and Cleopatra took place.  The schools of Tarsus rivaled those of Athens and Alexandria with a library of 200,000 books.  There also was a big important Temple at Tarsus, where Saul was born and raised.  Today, Tarsus is in the province of Mersin, Turkey, with a population of about 3,000,000 people.  Saul was sent home.  Perhaps not all the past wounds among the early Christians in Jerusalem had not healed.  Besides, Saul was a fiery figure, who did not step away from a fight.  There had been a problem in Damascus and now there was a problem in Jerusalem.  Are you afraid of a fight?

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