9:2 and requested letters from him to the synagogues 1 in Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, 2 either men or women, he could bring them as prisoners 3 to Jerusalem. 4
9:16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.” 5
2 sn The expression “the way” in ancient religious literature refers at times to “the whole way of life fr. a moral and spiritual viewpoint” (BDAG 692 s.v. ὁδός 3.c), and it has been so used of Christianity and its teachings in the book of Acts (see also 19:9, 23; 22:4; 24:14, 22). It is a variation of Judaism’s idea of two ways, the true and the false, where “the Way” is the true one (1 En. 91:18; 2 En. 30:15).
3 tn Grk “bring them bound”; the translation “bring someone as prisoner” for δεδεμένον ἄγειν τινά (dedemenon agein tina) is given by BDAG 221 s.v. δέω 1.b.
4 sn From Damascus to Jerusalem was a six-day journey. Christianity had now expanded into Syria.