Tag: Acts

Timothy’s Circumcision

Ruth D – In Acts16:3, why did Timothy have to be circumcised?

Dave – Because of the Jews in that area. I think Paul was trying to avoid offending these Jews as much as possible. Timothy’s father was a Gentile and mother was Jewish, so that was one strike against him already in the eyes of Paul’s countrymen. I think Paul figured if “half-breed” Timothy was also not circumcised, there was no chance of these people listening to them. This certainly was not an endorsement for circumcision being necessary for salvation.

Feedback so far:

NF (9/19/13) – Great answer which totally agree with! Have Blessed day Dave!

CL (9/19/13) – Right on.

Easter Mentioned in Acts

Ruth D – David, my old King James Version in Acts 12:4 – “And when they had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.” I know this Passover, but Easter was not established until 190 Ad. Why do you think it is in the KJV?

Dave – Good question. I do not think “Easter” in Acts 12:4 in the KJV is an error. From the early church until relatively recently “Passover” and “Easter” were basically synonyms and used interchangeably. The event referred to in Acts 12:4 is the Jewish week-long feast of unleavened bread (not the Christian commemoration of Christ’s resurrection, nor a pagan festival), and to refer to it as “Easter” was common, even though it is no longer so.

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