The time of judges (Acts 13:20)

“For about four hundred and fifty years

After that,

He gave them judges

Until Samuel,

The prophet.”

ὡς ἔτεσιν τετρακοσίοις καὶ πεντήκοντα. καὶ μετὰ ταῦτα ἔδωκεν κριτὰς ἕως Σαμουὴλ προφήτου.

The author of Acts indicated that Paul said for about four hundred and fifty years (ὡς ἔτεσιν τετρακοσίοις καὶ πεντήκοντα), after these things (καὶ μετὰ ταῦτα), God gave them judges (ἔδωκεν κριτὰς) until Samuel (ἕως Σαμουὴλ) the prophet (προφήτου) appeared.  Here Paul evoked the four-hundred-year time of the judges that preceded Samuel, the prophet, as in the Book of Judges, although the time of the judges was much shorter, only about two hundred years.  Perhaps, he included the time in Egypt.  Paul continued with his history lesson to this synagogue audience.  What do you know about the Israelite judges?

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