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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

ACTS 15:1–35

THEME

Accommodating Gentiles

SETTING

c.49 CE Antioch and Jerusalem.

KEY FIGURES

Paul The Apostle argues in both Antioch and Jerusalem against an insistence on Gentile circumcision.

Barnabas Paul’s longtime friend accompanies him on his journey to Jerusalem.

Peter The Apostle speaks decisively at the Council of Jerusalem against the need for circumcision.

James A leader of the Jerusalem church, James sums up the Council’s findings.

The growing influx of Gentile believers posed problems for the early Church. Questions arose as to whether they should be regarded as full members of the Church, or have to meet further ...

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