Cephas in Antioch (Gal. 2:11)

“But when Cephas

Came to Antioch,

I opposed him

To his face,

Because he stood

Condemned.”

Ὅτε δὲ ἦλθεν Κηφᾶς εἰς Ἀντιόχειαν, κατὰ πρόσωπον αὐτῷ ἀντέστην, ὅτι κατεγνωσμένος ἦν.

Paul said, “When Cephas came (Ὅτε δὲ ἦλθεν Κηφᾶς) to Antioch (εἰς Ἀντιόχειαν), I opposed him (ἀντέστην) to his face (κατὰ πρόσωπον αὐτῷ), because he stood condemned (ὅτι κατεγνωσμένος ἦν).”  This is a strange incident.  Paul indicated that Peter, or Cephas as he called him, came to Antioch.  There was a dispute between him and Paul.  This might have been after their meeting in Jerusalem.  Antioch was the capital of Syria and the place where the followers of Jesus were first called “Christians”, as in Acts, chapter 11:26.  This was a leading city for the gentile Christians and where Paul and Barnabas left from on their missionary journeys in Asia Minor in Acts, chapter 13, 1-3.  However, Paul said that Peter was condemned.  Definitely, Paul confronted Peter directly, while Acts was entirely silent about any confrontation between Peter and Paul.  Have you ever confronted a leader to his face?

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