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Acts 8:1-2

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8:1 And Saul agreed completely with killing 1  him.

Saul Begins to Persecute the Church

Now on that day a great 2  persecution began 3  against the church in Jerusalem, 4  and all 5  except the apostles were forced to scatter throughout the regions 6  of Judea and Samaria. 8:2 Some 7  devout men buried Stephen and made loud lamentation 8  over him. 9 

1 tn The term ἀναίρεσις (anairesi") can refer to murder (BDAG 64 s.v.; 2 Macc 5:13; Josephus, Ant. 5.2.12 [5.165]).

2 tn Or “severe.”

3 tn Grk “Now there happened on that day a great persecution.” It is less awkward to say in English “Now on that day a great persecution began.”

4 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

5 sn All. Given that the Jerusalem church is still active after this and that the Hellenists are the focus of Acts 6-8, it is possible to argue that only the Hellenistic Christians were forced to scatter.

6 tn Or “countryside.”

7 tn “Some” is not in the Greek text, but is implied.

8 sn Made loud lamentation. For someone who was stoned to death, lamentation was normally not allowed (m. Sanhedrin 6:6). The remark points to an unjust death.

9 tn Or “mourned greatly for him.”



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