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Rapske, "The Importance of Helpers to the Imprisoned Paul in the Book of Acts," TynBul 42, no. 1 (1991): 3-30. 35. Mark 6:27; Matt. 14:10; Acts 12:2; Heb. 11:37. 36. Mark 9:42; Matt. 18:6. 37. Matt. 27:5. 38. Luke 4:29. 39. Matt. 25:51; Luke 12:46; cf. Acts 13:11. 40. Luke 20:6;John 8:5; 10:31; cf. Matt. 21:44; 23:35; Acts 7:59-60. 41. Matt. 18:17; 1 Cor. 5:2-11. 42. Rev. 1:9. 43. Acts 12:6; 28:20; cf. 23:29; 26:31. 44. Acts 16:23-24. 45. Mark 10:34; 15:15; Matt. 10:17; 18:34; 23:34; 27:26; Luke 23:22;John 19:1; Acts 16:22; 22:24.

6:4; Zech. 9:11; Luke 4:18; Acts 5:19; 12:611; 16:25-26; Eph. 4:8; Col. 2:15; 1 Pet. 3:19; Rev. 2:10. 14 Gaining a Perspective 12), and Jesus expressly claims to fulfill this hope in his inaugural address at Nazareth (Luke 4:18). 33 The early church was led by a bunch of jailbirds, and God was the prime accomplice in their escape! So thoroughly does God identify with the imprisoned that Jesus nominates "caring" for the imprisoned as a criterion of eschatological judgment and one of the ways in which people may encounter his own presence after Easter (Matt.

12 Gaining a Perspective lowers of the Jewish legal authorities, "when those who kill you will think that by doing so they are offering worship to God" (John 16:2). The police get even worse press. In the Roman provinces, the task of maintaining public order belonged both to the Roman governor, through the troops under his command, and to the indigenous authorities, who often had their own specially recruited police wardens. The Jewish high priest, for instance, had his own Temple Guard under the command of the captain of the Temple (John 18:3, 12; Matt.

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