Class Notes on Sacred History
Volume IV: Acts of Apostles
J. W. McGarvey (1893)
Table of Contents
PAUL'S FOUR YEAR'S IMPRISONMENT.
xxi. 17-xxviii. 31.
§ I. HIS IMPRISONMENT IN JERUSALEM
(xxi. 17-xxiii. 20).
1. HIS RECEPTION AND THE ADVICE OF THE ELDERS, 17-25.
- Relation between James and the Elders? 18.
- What James, and why go to him? See Gal. i. 19; ii. 12; Acts xv. 13; xii. 17.
- Why so minute an account? and how far back did it extend? 19, cf. Gal. ii. 2; Acts xv. 12.
- Were the gifts accepted? 17, 20, cf. Rom. xv. 30, 31.
- Position of the Jewish disciples as to the law and circumcision, 20, 21; 25.
- Purpose of the proposal? 24.
- What implied in Paul's acceptance?
- What had he taught concerning the circumcision? Acts xvi. 3; Gal. ii. 3; v. 1-4.
- Had baptism taken the place of circumcision?
- In what sense was Paul walking orderly and keeping the law? 24. See Rom. vii. 6; Gal. iii. 23-25; I. Cor. ix. 20, 21.
- Condition of the four Nazarites?  26, 27, cf. Num. vi. 6-12.
- What was Paul's part of the service? 24, Num. vi. 11, 12.
- How could he take part in sin offerings? I. Cor. ix. 20.
- Would he have done it after the epistle to the Hebrews was written? See Heb. x. 8-18.
2. PAUL IS ASSAILED BY THE MOB, AND ARRESTED BY THE
CHIEF CAPTAIN, 26-36.
- What the seven days? 27, 26, cf. Num. vi. 9.
- What the motive of the Jews from Asia? 27, cf. 25; xx. 18, 19.
- The ground of their charges? 28, 29.
- Why was Trophimus with Paul? See xx. 4.
- Why drag Paul out of the temple? and what part of the temple? 30, 31.
- Meaning of "chief captain" of the band? 31.
- Why have Paul bound? 33.
- Why into the castle? and what castle? 34. Josephus, Wars, i, 5, 4.
3. PAUL OBTAINS PERMISSION TO ADDRESS THE MOB, 37-40.
- Why think Paul that Egyptian? 38. Cf. Jos. Ant. 20, 8, 6.
- Why address a Roman in Greek? 37.
- Why wish to speak, and why permitted? 39, 40, cf. 33, 34.
- How could he beckon when chained? 40, 33.
- Why now speak in Hebrew? 40. 
4. PAUL'S SPEECH TO THE MOB, xxii. 1-21.
1. An Account of Himself before His Conversion. 1-5.
- Why the effect of speaking Hebrew? 2.
- Why tell of his blood, birthplace and education? 3.
- What was the standing of his teacher? 3, cf. v. 34.
- In what sense "brought up" in Jerusalem? 3.
- Where was he during the personal ministry of Jesus?
- Why describe his persecution of the church? 4, 5.
- Did any of the crowd already know these facts?
2. An Account of His Conversion, 6-16.
- In what sense did they hear not the voice? 9, cf. ix. 7; I. Cor. xiv. 2.
- What evidence here that Luke did not make this speech and put it in Paul's mouth?
- What the things appointed, and when appointed? 10, cf. Matt. xxviii. 16; Acts ii. 38.
- Cause of his blindness? 11.
- Why these incidents mentioned?
- Why state the character and standing of Ananias? 12.
- Give the whole speech of Ananias. 13-16; ix. 17.
- Meaning of "wash away" thy sins?
- What suggested this metaphor?
3. His Mission to the Gentiles, 17-21.
- When this vision? cf. ix. 28-30.
- Point in his answer to the Lord? 19.
- Why wish to remain when the Jews were  seeking his life?
- Purpose of this division?
- Plan of the whole speech?
5. THE IMMEDIATE EFFECTS OF THE SPEECH, 22-29.
- Why the people so enraged? 22.
- Why throw dust in the air? 23.
- Meaning of examine by scourging? 24.
- What the force of being a Roman? 25, 26.
- How was citizenship obtained by money? 28.
- How was Paul born a citizen? 28.
- What binding is meant? 29.
6. PAUL IS BROUGHT BEFORE THE SANHEDRIM,
xxii. 30-xxiii. 10.
- Why was Paul the first to speak? 1.
- Had he a good conscience while persecuting the church?
- Why the command of Ananias? 1, 2.
- Why not know it was the high priest? 5.
- Where is it "written"? 5, Ex. xxii. 28.
- What had the Holy Spirit to do with Paul's remark? 3, cf. Matt. x. 19, 20.
- How was the hope of the resurrection the ground of his trouble? 6.
- Why the Pharisees so easily turned? 9.
- Why the Sadducees so exasperated? 10. 
7. HE IS ENCOURAGED BY A VISION, 11.
- Why this particular encouragement? See xix. 21; Rom. xv. 22, 23; 30-32.
8. A CONSPIRACY FORMED AND EXPOSED, 12-22.
- Why the conspirators so desperate? 12.
- What the probability of their success? 15.
- Why Paul's nephew there, and how did he obtain the secret? 16.
- Why charge him to tell no man? 22.
- What now were Paul's prospects?
9. PAUL IS REMOVED TO CÆSAREA, 23-35.
- Why so many men, and at night? 23.
- Why was governor at Cæsarea?
- What undue credit does Lysias claim? 27.
- What had he now learned about the case? 29.
- Where was Antipatris? 31.
- Why did the infantry return from this point? 32.
- Why ask of what province Paul was? 34.
- How did Herod have a palace there, and what Herod? 35. See Josephus, Ant. 15, 9, 6.
- Who was Felix, and when appointed? Ant. 20, 7, 1.
- Merits of the conduct of Lysias? 
§ II. PAUL'S IMPRISONMENT IN CÆSAREA
(xxiv. 1-xxvi. 32).
1. HE IS ACCUSED BEFORE FELIX, xxiv. 1-9.
- Why bring an orator? 1, 2.
- Bearing of his introduction? 2, 3, Ant. 20, 8, 5-7.
- What the general charge, and what the specifications? 5, 6.
- Why formal charges now, and none before?
- What testimony was presented? 9.
2. PAUL'S DEFENSE, 10-21.
- Point in his introduction? 10.
- Bearing of the remark about twelve days? 11.
- How are they counted? Cf. xxi. 27; xxii. 30; xxiii. 12, 23, 32; xxiv. 1.
- What his answer to the charge of sedition? 12, 13.
- What to that of leading a sect? 14-16.
- What to that of profaning the temple? 17-19.
- Why mention his remark in the Sanhedrim? 20, 21.
- Plan of his speech?
3. PRESENT DECISION OF FELIX, 22, 23.
4. PAUL PREACHES TO FELIX AND DRUSILLA, 24-27.
- Who Drusilla? See Jos. Ant. xviii. 5, 4; xx. 7, 1 and 2.
- Why wish to hear of the faith? 21.
- What part of the faith did Paul present, and why? 25.
- Why was Felix terrified?
- What meant by a convenient season? 25.
- Does such a season ever come?
- Why did he think that Paul could command money? 26, cf. 17.
- Why was it not given?
- Why was Paul not released at last? 27.
- Why was Festus sent to displace Felix. Ant. 20, 8, 9.
5. PAUL'S TRIAL BEFORE FESTUS, xxv. 1-12.
- Why the hostility unabated? 2, 3.
- In what sense unable to prove the charges? 7.
- What were they? 8, cf. xxiv. 5, 6.
- How did Paul interpret the proposal of Festus? 11, cf. 3.
- How could he foresee the danger?
- In what sense was he before Cæsar's judgment seat? 10.
- Who had the right of appeal to Cæsar, and what its effects? 12, cf. 21, 27; xxvi. 32.
6. PAUL'S CASE STATED TO KING AGRIPPA, 13-22.
- Who were Agrippa and Bernice? 13, Ant. xix. 9; xx. 7.
- Purpose of their visit?
- For "religion," 19, read,  demon-worship.
- Why did Festus think it a question of demon-worship?
- Why did Agrippa wish to hear Paul? 22.
7. THE CASE PUBLICLY STATED, 23-27.
- Why with "great pomp"? 23.
- Why all these present?
- Why "especially" before Agrippa? 26.
- His purpose in first mentioning the case? 27.
8. PAUL'S DEFENSE BEFORE AGRIPPA, xxvi. 1-29.
1. His Introduction, 1-3.
- His habitual gesture? 1; xiii. 16; xxi. 40.
- Why think himself happy? 2, 3, cf. xxiv. 10, and Agrippa's ancestry.
2. His Position toward Jewish Parties, 4-8.
- Was he a stranger to his enemies? 4, 5.
- What the hope referred to? 6, 7, 8.
- How was this "the hope of the promise"? 6.
- To whom the question of 8 addressed, and why?
- Purpose of this division of the speech? Cf. Ant. 19, 7, 3.
3. His Former Position toward Jesus, 9-11.
- What vote did he cast? 10.
- Purpose of this division? Cf. A's ancestors. 
4. His Vision on the Way to Damascus, 12-18.
- Explain the several statements about his companions. 14; ix. 7; xxii. 9.
- What evidence here that Luke did not put this speech into Paul's mouth?
- How was Paul kicking against the goad? 14.
- Purpose of Jesus in appearing to him? 16-18.
- How could he open men's eyes? 18.
- Is baptism included in Paul's commission? 18, cf. I. Cor. i. 17; Acts ii. 38.
- Purpose of this division?
5. How He Executed His Commission, 19-23.
- How had God helped him since his arrest by the Jews? 21, 22; see xxi. 32; xxii. 23, 24; xxiii. 10; xxiv. 22; xxv. 9-11.
- What light to the people and the Gentiles? 23.
- Purpose of this division?
6. An Interruption and the Conclusion, 24-29.
- Why did Festus think Paul mad? 24.
- How did the king know these things? 26.
- Why the direct appeal to Agrippa? 27.
- Point in Agrippa's answer? 28.
9. IMMEDIATE RESULTS OF THE SPEECH, 30-32.