I was educated in Jerusalem (Acts 22:3)

“Then Paul said.

‘I am a Jew,

Born at Tarsus

In Cilicia.

But I was brought up

In this city

At the feet of Gamaliel.

I was educated strictly

According to our ancestral law,

Being zealous for God,

Just as all of you

Are today.’”

καὶ φησίν Ἐγώ εἰμι ἀνὴρ Ἰουδαῖος, γεγεννημένος ἐν Ταρσῷ τῆς Κιλικίας, ἀνατεθραμμένος δὲ ἐν τῇ πόλει ταύτῃ, παρὰ τοὺς πόδας Γαμαλιήλ πεπαιδευμένος κατὰ ἀκρίβειαν τοῦ πατρῴου νόμου, ζηλωτὴς ὑπάρχων τοῦ Θεοῦ καθὼς πάντες ὑμεῖς ἐστε σήμερον·

The author of Acts indicated that Paul said (καὶ φησίν) that he was a Jewish man (Ἐγώ εἰμι ἀνὴρ Ἰουδαῖος), born at Tarsus (γεγεννημένος ἐν Ταρσῷ) in Cilicia (τῆς Κιλικίας), but he was brought up (ἀνατεθραμμένος) in this city (δὲ ἐν τῇ πόλει ταύτῃ) of Jerusalem at the feet of Gamaliel (παρὰ τοὺς πόδας Γαμαλιήλ).  He was educated (πεπαιδευμένος) strictly according (κατὰ ἀκρίβειαν) to their ancestral law (τοῦ πατρῴου νόμου).  He was zealous (ζηλωτὴς ὑπάρχων) for God (τοῦ Θεοῦ), just as all of them were today (καθὼς πάντες ὑμεῖς ἐστε σήμερον).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used these words ἀνατεθραμμένος, that means to nourish, rear, bring up, or educate, and ἀκρίβειαν, that means strictness, accuracy, exactness, or scrupulousness.  Paul was about to retell his conversion story from chapter 9:1-31, that he would repeat again in chapter 26:9-18.  This time he emphasized his Jewish background, although he was not born in Jerusalem.  He was a Jewish man from an important city in Asia Minor, Tarsus.  However, he maintained that the he had learned the strict Jewish law from the great Rabbi Gamaliel, who appeared in chapter 5:34, as the Pharisee Rabbi at the trial of Peter and the apostles, who favored letting God oversee it rather than punishing the apostles.  Paul was zealous for God just like all the other Jews there.  Are you zealous for God?

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