Acts 10:9-16;25-28,34,35,39-45; 11:1-18
By the time of the events in Acts 15, the Christians had learned, via apostle
Peter and Cornelius, etc., that
it was time to expand their mission to include
Gentiles--people whose uncircumcised men, those from among the nations,
follow Mosaic law. (Also see Eph.2:11-20, written after the events of Acts
Some related history about the Gentiles
Fornication (illicit sex) was indulged in with temple prostitutes (as in the
cult of Aphrodite) and at Roman
feasts and festivals.
"Festivals and Ceremonies of the Roman Republic," 1981, by Howard Hayes Scul-
lard, pp.107,108,110, and
"The Revelation of John," Vol.2, 1959, revised 1976,
by William Barclay, p.144
Since Jews were only about 7% of the Roman Empire (Corinth wasn't one of the
towns the Jews were numerous in)
in 70 AD (GTW note: sorry for the late date
instead of 49 AD)...
"The Story of Civilization: Part III--Caesar
and Christ," 1944, by Will
...(about 5% of the population in the city of Rome was Jewish)...
"Wanderings"--Chaim Potok's History
of the Jews, p.204
...(Alexandria, which plays a part in later post-scriptural history, had a
high percentage of Jewish people
for a major town beyond Israel with about
"The Story of Civilization: Part III--Caesar and Christ,"
1944, by Will