Saturday, September 22, 2007

Leading Jewish Rabbi's of new testament times

Rabbi Gamliel

Act 5:34 But there stood up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in honor of all the people, and commanded to put the men forth a little while.
Act 5:35 And he said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves as touching these men, what ye are about to do.
Act 5:36 For before these days rose up Theudas, giving himself out to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were dispersed, and came to nought.
Act 5:37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the enrolment, and drew away some of the people after him: he also perished; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered abroad.
Act 5:38 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will be overthrown:
Act 5:39 but if it is of God, ye will not be able to overthrow them; lest haply ye be found even to be fighting against God.
Act 22:1 Brethren and fathers, hear ye the defence which I now make unto you.

Act 22:2
And when they heard that he spake unto them in the Hebrew language, they were the more quiet: and he saith,
Act 22:3 I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city, at the feet of Gamaliel, instructed according to the strict manner of the law of our fathers, being zealous for God, even as ye all are this day: (ASV)
Josephus, Life of flavius josephus
Simon son of Gamaliel
He then sent his brother Simon, and Jonathan, the son of Sisenna, and about a hundred armed men, to Jerusalem, to Simon, the son of Gamaliel, (16) in order topersuade him to induce the commonalty of Jerusalem to take fromme the government over the Galileans, and to give their suffragesfor conferring that authority upon him. This Simon was of thecity of Jerusalem, and of a very noble family of the sect of thePharisees, which are supposed to excel others in the accurateknowledge of the laws of their country. He was a man of greatwisdom and reason, and capable of restoring public affairs by hisprudence, when they were in an ill posture. He was also an oldfriend and companion of John; but at that time he had adifference with me. When therefore he had received such anexhortation, he persuaded the high priests, Ananus, and Jesus theson of Gamala, and some others of the same seditious faction, tocut me down, now I was growing so great, and not to overlook mewhile I was aggrandizing myself to the height of glory; a....

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