Paul delivered the message from Jerusalem (Acts 16:4)

“As they went

From town to town,

Paul delivered

To them

The decisions

That they had to keep,

That had been reached

By the apostles

And elders

Who were in Jerusalem.”

Ὡς δὲ διεπορεύοντο τὰς πόλεις, παρεδίδοσαν αὐτοῖς φυλάσσειν τὰ δόγματα τὰ κεκριμένα ὑπὸ τῶν ἀποστόλων καὶ πρεσβυτέρων τῶν ἐν Ἱεροσολύμοις.

The author of Acts indicated that as they went from town to town or passing through these cities (Ὡς δὲ διεπορεύοντο τὰς πόλεις), Paul delivered to them or handed over to them (παρεδίδοσαν αὐτοῖς) for observance (φυλάσσειν) the decisions or dogmas (τὰ δόγματα) that had been reached (τὰ κεκριμένα) by the apostles (ὑπὸ τῶν ἀποστόλων) and the elders or presbyters (καὶ πρεσβυτέρων) who were in Jerusalem (τῶν ἐν Ἱεροσολύμοις).  Paul went from town to town, indicating that there must have been quite a few little towns with gentile Christian believers in them.  He told them all about the decisions or dogmas that the apostles and presbyters had reached in Jerusalem, as in the letter in chapter 15:22-29, so that they had to follow those rules only.  It is not clear what the reception was among the Jewish Christian communities. Is word of mouth the best kind of communication?

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