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The New Testament contains many instances where prominent figures will teach or defend themselves by echoing the Hebrew Scriptures. This is a prominent example of that practice, Stephen appearing to echo 2 Chronicles 36:15-16: 15 Early and often the LORD, the God of their ancestors, sent his messengers to them, for he had compassion on his people and his ...


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The statement is rhetorical, not literal: "Which of the prophets did you fathers not persecute?" (If you are unfamiliar with the role of a rhetorical question, this explanation can help: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhetorical_question ) Stephen is emphasizing the tendency of the ancient Israelites to turn a blind eye to those prophets which prophesied ...


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Two fourth-century fathers clearly make this connection.1 First, Cyril of Jerusalem: The multitude of the hearers was confounded;—it was a second confusion, in the room of that first evil one at Babylon. For in that confusion of tongues there was division of purpose, because their thought was at enmity with God; but here minds were restored and united, ...


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Only to complement the answer already accepts. In Romans 14:14 says: I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. In 1 Corinthians 10:25 .26 Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake: ...



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