The Roman commander took Paul into the barracks (Acts 22:24)

“The Roman commander


That Paul

Be brought

Into the barracks.

He ordered him

To be examined

By scourging,

To find out

The reason

For this outcry

Against him.”

ἐκέλευσεν ὁ χιλίαρχος εἰσάγεσθαι αὐτὸν εἰς τὴν παρεμβολήν, εἴπας μάστιξιν ἀνετάζεσθαι αὐτὸν, ἵνα ἐπιγνῷ δι’ ἣν αἰτίαν οὕτως ἐπεφώνουν αὐτῷ.

The author of Acts indicated that the Roman commander (ὁ χιλίαρχος) directed (ἐκέλευσεν) that Paul be brought (εἰσάγεσθαι αὐτὸν) into the barracks (εἰς τὴν παρεμβολήν).  He ordered (εἴπας) Paul to be examined (ἀνετάζεσθαι αὐτὸν).  By scourging, he hoped to find out (ἵνα ἐπιγνῷ) the reason (δι’ ἣν αἰτίαν οὕτως) for this outcry against Paul (ἐπεφώνουν αὐτῷ).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used this word ἀνετάζεσθαι, that means to examine judicially, frequently by the aid of torture.  The Roman commander, Claudius Lysias, decided to take Paul into the barracks of Antonia and examine him through the process of binding him and flogging him.  He wanted to know why this crowd was so much against Paul.  How do you find out about people and their intentions?

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