- Reading the Text:
- Historical References, Commentary and Comparative
- From the Geneva Notes.
- "In ancient times no man was rashly or lightly received into the members and the sheep of the Church, much less to be a pastor."
- "Christ's witnesses cannot be slain till they have finished their testimony. The persecutions were stayed."
- "He who has been an enemy to the truth ought not to be trusted till he gives proof that he is changed."
- From the
Commentary on the Whole Bible
(Jamieson, Fausset and Brown, 1871).
- "But this rest was owing not so much to the conversion of Saul, as probably to the Jews being engrossed with the emperor Caligula's attempt to have his own image set up in the temple of Jerusalem [JOSEPHUS, Antiquities, 18.8.1, &c.]."
- From The People's
New Testament, B.W. Johnson, 1891.
- "Three years had passed since he left the city, a proud, talented young Pharisee, with brilliant worldly prospects, the honored agent of the Sanhedrim, commissioned to stamp out Christianity at Damascus. He now returns a disciple of him whom he sought to destroy, his bright worldly prospects all forfeited, an outcast from his own nation, persecuted and hated. Why this change? No explanation is possible, save that given in this history and by himself."
- From the Geneva Notes.
- Contemporary Commentary, Studies, and Exegesis:
"The Meaning of Vocation," A.J. Conyers, (other resources at)
"Vocation," Christian Reflection, The Center for Christian
Ethics at Baylor University, 2004.
- "'Vocation' is distorted by two disastrous misunderstandings: a secularized idea of 'career' and a monastic concept of the religious life."
Conversion of Saul (Acts 9:1-31)," by Robert Deffinbaugh at the Biblical Studies Foundation.
- "Saul seems to have been the instigator of the persecution of the church, which began at the death of Stephen in Jerusalem and worked outward from there. With the conversion of Saul, persecution of the church did not stop, for now some of the Hellenistic Jews were opposing his preaching (and no doubt, the church at large as well). It was only with the exit of Saul from the Holy Land, back to his native land (Tarsus), that peace once again returned."
- "The Meaning of Vocation," A.J. Conyers, (other resources at) "Vocation," Christian Reflection, The Center for Christian Ethics at Baylor University, 2004.
- Articles & Background:
"Tabitha: the Gazelle of Joppa," Rick Strelan, Biblical Theology
- "The article argues that the name Tabitha (Acts 9:36), which means "gazelle," when read as a metaphor for a proselyte in the Acts narrative, highlights the issue of boundaries in some early Christian communities."
- "The Variant Readings of the Western Text of the Acts of the Apostles (XV) (Acts 9:1-30)," Josep Rius-Camps and Jenny Read Heimerdinger, Filologia Neotestamentaria, 2003.
- "Tabitha: the Gazelle of Joppa," Rick Strelan, Biblical Theology Bulletin, 2009.
- Recommended articles from ATLAS, an online collection of religion and theology journals, are linked below. ATLAS Access options are available for academic institutions, alumni of selected theological schools, and clergy/church offices.
- With Children:
- Crossword on Acts 9, Don Crownover's Bible Puzzles.
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- Hymns and Music:
- Hymnary.org, hymns, scores, media, information.
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- Study Links and Resources for the Book of Acts