Acts 25-28

Paul is again brought before the tribunal to confront the Jews.  When Festus (the governor) asks Paul whether he wants to go to Jerusalem to face charges, Paul appeals to the emperor, and therefore embarks on a voyage to Rome.  Before the journey, however, he defends himself in front of King Agrippa, saying that he lived as a Pharisee, persecuted the church, converted to Christianity, and is being accused only of “my hope in the promise made by God to our ancestors”.  After this, Paul sets off for Rome, but gets shipwrecked after leaving Crete.  The ship finally arrives on Malta, and after some time, Paul sets off to Rome on another ship.  Acts ends with Paul under house arrest, where he lived two whole years, and proclaiming the kingdom of God without hindrance.

Commentary:

  • Paul was probably martyred in Rome around 67 AD, but Acts does not describe this; it ends on a highly optimistic note of Paul preaching openly in the capital of the Roman Empire.
  • In chapter 26, Paul recounts his conversion for a third time (the others are in 9:1-8 and 22:4-16).  Notice the differences: in 9:1-8, “The men who were traveling with him stood speechless because they heard the voice but saw no one.”  In 22:4-16, “Now those who were with me saw the light but did not hear the voice of the one who was speaking to me.”  In chapter 26, Paul does not mention whether his companions heard the voice, although he does mention them being knocked down by the bright light.
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