Paul is against our people, our law, and this Temple (Acts 21:28)

“The Jews from Asia

Shouted.

‘Men of Israel!

Help!

This is the man

Who is teaching

Everyone

Everywhere

Against our people,

Our law,

And this place.

More than that,

He has actually brought Greeks

Into the Temple.

He has defiled

This holy place.’”

κράζοντες Ἄνδρες Ἰσραηλεῖται, βοηθεῖτε· οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ ἄνθρωπος ὁ κατὰ τοῦ λαοῦ καὶ τοῦ νόμου καὶ τοῦ τόπου τούτου πάντας πανταχῇ διδάσκων, ἔτι τε καὶ Ἕλληνας εἰσήγαγεν εἰς τὸ ἱερὸν καὶ κεκοίνωκεν τὸν ἅγιον τόπον τοῦτον.

The author of Acts indicated that the Jews from Asia shouted (κράζοντες) to their fellow Jerusalem Israelites (Ἄνδρες Ἰσραηλεῖται) that they needed help (βοηθεῖτε).  They said that this was the man (οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ ἄνθρωπος), Paul, who was teaching (διδάσκων) everyone (πάντας) everywhere (πανταχῇ) against the Jewish people (ὁ κατὰ τοῦ λαοῦ), their law (καὶ τοῦ νόμου), and this place (καὶ τοῦ τόπου τούτου) their Temple.  Worse than that (ἔτι τε καὶ), he has actually brought Greeks (ἔτι τε καὶ Ἕλληνας εἰσήγαγεν) into the Temple (εἰς τὸ ἱερὸν).  He has defiled (καὶ κεκοίνωκεν) this holy place (τὸν ἅγιον τόπον τοῦτον).  Paul had often taught that the time of the Jewish people had ended with the coming of Jesus.  He certainly said that the gentile Christians were not bound by the Mosaic law and statutes.  He probably also said that there was no need to worship at the Temple in Jerusalem.  However, although there were Greeks in his entourage, there was not any mention of any Greeks with Paul in the Temple.  He was with the four Jewish men who were purifying themselves after taking a vow.  A non-Jewish person was not allowed into the Temple.  Thus, he had not defiled this holy place.  Have you ever broken any rules about your place of worship?

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