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Acts 13:15

Context
13:15 After the reading from the law and the prophets, 1  the leaders of the synagogue 2  sent them a message, 3  saying, “Brothers, 4  if you have any message 5  of exhortation 6  for the people, speak it.” 7 

Acts 22:19

Context
22:19 I replied, 8  ‘Lord, they themselves know that I imprisoned and beat those in the various synagogues 9  who believed in you.

1 sn After the reading from the law and the prophets. In the 1st century Jewish synagogue, it was customary after the reading of the Torah (law) and prophets for men to give exhortation from the scriptures.

2 tn Normally ἀρχισυνάγωγος (arcisunagwgo") refers to the “president of a synagogue” (so BDAG 139 s.v. and L&N 53.93). Since the term is plural here, however, and it would sound strange to the English reader to speak of “the presidents of the synagogue,” the alternative translation “leaders” is used. “Rulers” would also be acceptable, but does not convey quite the same idea.

3 tn Grk “sent to them”; the word “message” is an understood direct object. Direct objects in Greek were often omitted when clear from the context, but must be supplied for the modern English reader.

4 tn Grk “Men brothers,” but this is both awkward and unnecessary in English.

5 tn Or “word.”

6 tn Or “encouragement.”

7 tn Or “give it.”

8 tn Grk “And I said.” Because of the difference between Greek style, which often begins sentences or clauses with “and,” and English style, which generally does not, καί (kai, in καγώ [kagw]) has not been translated here.

9 tn For the distributive sense of the expression κατὰ τὰς συναγωγάς (kata ta" sunagwga") BDAG 512 s.v. κατά B.1.d has “of places viewed serially, distributive use w. acc.…κατ᾿ οἶκαν from house to houseAc 2:46b; 5:42…Likew. the pl.…κ. τὰς συναγωγάς 22:19.” See also L&N 37.114.

sn See the note on synagogue in 6:9.



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