Paul & Barnabas take the decision to Antioch

Acts 15:22-35 Paul and Barnabas return to Antioch in 50AD with Judas Barsabbas (who may have been the brother of Joseph Barsabbas – see Acts 1:23) and Silas. They take a letter to the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia summarising the leaders’ decisions on the Jewish food laws and on morality. After delivering the letter and encouraging the believers, Judas and Silas return to Jerusalem, while Paul and Barnabas remain in Antioch.


Sille in Galatia

The village of Sille, near Konya (Iconium), in Galatia  (Acts 14:21)


Paul probably writes his Letter to the Galatians while in Antioch in 50AD. In it, he reports on his meeting with the church leaders at the Council of Jerusalem (see Galatians 2:1-10) and discusses the relevance of the Jewish law with the Gentiles who had become believers when he visited the cities of Galatia on his first missionary journey in 47-48AD. He teaches them – in line with the ruling of the Council of Jerusalem – that Gentile believers do not need to follow the details of the Jewish law and are not under any obligation to be circumcised (see Galatians 2:3 & 3:1-5).

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