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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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Acts 21:18

The day following (thi epioushi).
As in 20:15 which see.

Went in (eishiei).
Imperfect active of eiseimi, old classic verb used only four times in the N.T. (Acts 3:3; 21:18,26; Hebrews 9:6), a mark of the literary style rather than the colloquial Koine use of eiserxomai. Together with us to James (sun hmin prov Iakwbon). So then Luke is present. The next use of "we" is in 27:1 when they leave Caesarea for Rome, but it is not likely that Luke was away from Paul in Jerusalem and Caesarea. The reports of what was done and said in both places is so full and minute that it seems reasonable that Luke got first hand information here whatever his motive was for so full an account of these legal proceedings to be discussed later. There are many details that read like an eye witness's story (21:30,35,40; 22:2,3; 23:12, etc.). It was probably the house of James (prov and para so used often).

And all the elders were present (pantev te paregenonto oi presbuteroi).
Clearly James is the leading elder and the others are his guests in a formal reception to Paul. It is noticeable that the apostles are not mentioned, though both elders and apostles are named at the Conference in chapter 15. It would seem that the apostles are away on preaching tours. The whole church was not called together probably because of the known prejudice against Paul created by the Judaizers.

 


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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Acts 21:18". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/rwp/view.cgi?book=ac&chapter=021&verse=018>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.

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