Porcius Festus and Paul

Governor Porcius Festus took over for Governor Felix.  He went to Jerusalem, where the Jewish leaders gave a report about Paul.  They wanted Paul sent to Jerusalem.  The new Governor was going to Caesarea, so that he invited Paul’s accusers to go with him to Caesarea, where he would have a trial for Paul.  They presented the charges against Paul, but Paul claimed he had done nothing wrong.  Governor Festus asked Paul if wanted to go to Jerusalem for a trial there.  Paul wanted to be tried by Caesar’s tribunal, so that he said that he appealed to Caesar.  Festus then said that Paul would go to the Emperor Caesar.

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