Acts 7:57. Were they terrified of conversion?


Acts 7:57 All the members of the council shouted out and stopped their ears with their hands; then they made a concerted rush at him.

Hands over the ears and shouting!

Did they think Stephen’s words would sink in and they would be converted against their will?



I think they didn’t want to hear what they likely considered to be blasphemy.


All scripture needs to be read and interpreted with great understanding of the religious and social traditions of the time. A good example is when Noah was drunk and naked, the greater sin was for his son to look at his naked body, rather them the nakedness of Noah himself.

In this case I suspect that Bonnie is probably correct that those who thought they might just HEAR a blasphemy were concerned with being in a state of sin themselves. While, today it is the greater sin of the person posing nude that we criticize, it is we who should avert our eyes to avoid the temptation of lust or other evil.


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