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The Roman Orator

Tertullus, or Tertius, was a Roman orator, or public speaker, who was hired by the non-Christian Jews of Jerusalem to present their accusations before Governor Felix against one of their own, a fellow Jew, the former high-ranking, Christian-hating Pharisee, Saul, who by then, after his conversion On The Road To Damascus, was known as the apostle Paul. The summary of the charges against Paul was that he was guilty of sedition (i.e. plotting to overthrow) against the Roman government that then occupied the land of Israel (see Ancient Empires - Rome), that he was one of the "ringleader" of the "sect of the Nazarenes" (Christians were at first known as Nazarenes) that Paul's accusers claimed introduced "new gods" (their misunderstood interpretation of the true claim of Jesus Christ that He was the Son of God), and that Paul had profaned the Temple (see "My Father's House"). All of the charges were false.

Tertullus The Roman Orator

Roman Ruins Paul's appearance before his accusers was high drama, and although he was outnumbered hundreds to one, they soon discovered that Paul was a very formidable adversary, even while in chains. The Hypocrites had only lies and fear, while Paul had the Truth and the Holy Spirit.

"And after five days Ananias the high priest descended with the elders, and with a certain orator named Tertullus, who informed the governor against Paul."

"And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by thee we enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence, We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness. Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray thee that thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few words."

"For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes: Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we took, and would have judged according to our law. But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands, Commanding his accusers to come unto thee: by examining of whom thyself mayest take knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him."

"And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were so." (Acts 24:1-9 KJV)

Fact Finder: How did Paul respond in his own defense against his accusers?
Acts 24:10-27


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