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Junius Annaeus Gallio
by Wayne Blank
By most accounts, Gallio was a even-tempered man of integrity, at least relatively speaking, unlike the demented emperor that he served, a man who thought little of having his own mother killed. When Gallio and Seneca were accused of being involved in a plot against Nero about 65 AD, both brothers were forced to kill themselves, 3 years before the 31 year old Nero himself committed suicide.
Paul Before Gallio
The events surrounding Paul's appearance before Gallio very well illustrates how early Christianity was primarily not a struggle of "Jews against Christians," or "Romans against Christians," but of Jews against Jews (see Hate Jews?). As the Bible account plainly states, Gallio refused to become involved in the controversy between Jews who did recognize Jesus Christ as the Messiah (e.g. the apostle Paul, the man who wrote a very large part of the New Testament, was a Jew i.e. Acts 21:39, and a Pharisee, and the son of a Pharisee i.e. Acts 23:6), and Jews who did not recognize Jesus Christ as the Messiah.
"After this he left Athens [see Paul In Athens] and went to Corinth. And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, lately come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them; and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them, and they worked, for by trade they were tentmakers. And he argued in the Synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded Jews and Greeks."
Fact Finder: Where did the apostle Paul go on his 3 major missionary journeys?