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Beating in Synagogues


The Greek word synagogue means “a place of assembly”. During biblical times, it was a place of scripture study, preaching, prayer, meeting place of the local Jewish community, school, court, and charity. Jesus also used to preach there and heal the sick. The local council or court used whipping and beating as punishment for the guilty in the synagogue. Since the disciples preached the gospel, the Jews found them guilty of false teachings and punished them. Paul shared how he used to beat the Christians before his conversion. “Many times, in synagogue after synagogue, I punished them in an attempt to force them to blaspheme; I was so enraged against them that I pursued them even to foreign cities” (Acts 26:11; 22:19). Paul shared the beatings he received: “Five times at the hands of the Jews I received forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods” (2 Cor 11:24-25).

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