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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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Acts 4:1

The captain of the temple (o strathgov tou ierou).
Twenty-four bands of Levites guarded the temple, one guard at a time. They watched the gates. The commander of each band was called captain (strathgov). Josephus names this captain of the temple police next to the high priest (War. VI. 5, 3).

The Sadducees (oi Saddoukaioi).
Most of the priests were Sadducees now and all the chief priests since John Hyrcanus I deserted the Pharisees (Josephus, Ant. XVII. 10, 6; XVIII. 1, 4; XX. 9, 1). The Sadducees were slow to line up with the Pharisees against Jesus, but they now take the lead against Peter and John.

Came upon them (epesthsan autoiv).
Second aorist active indicative (intransitive). Burst upon them suddenly or stood by them in a hostile attitude here (Luke 20:1; 24:4; Acts 6:12; 17:5; 22:20; 23:11).

 


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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Acts 4:1". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/rwp/view.cgi?book=ac&chapter=004&verse=001>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.

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