Acts 21:20 – Thousands or Tens of Thousands?

In this recent video, Jerusalem scholar, David Bivin, addresses the underlying question of whether Acts 21:20 refers to “thousands”of Jewish believers in Jerusalem at the time of the Shaliach Sha’ul (the Apostle Paul), or “tens of thousands.” In the video David Bivin breaks down the Hebrew, demonstrating that the correct translation should be “tens of thousands,” and also explains the bias with which many English translations continue to render the number it as only “thounsands.” He is also discussed just how large the community of Jewish Yeshua-followers really was at the time – possibly representing as many as every 1 out of 3 Jews.

It’s a short video and worth watching HERE.

About Rabbi Joshua

I'm a Rabbi, writer, thinker, mountain biker, father and husband ... not necessarily in that order. According to my wife, however, I'm just a big nerd. I have degrees in dead languages and ancient stuff. I have studied in various Jewish institutions, including an Orthodox yeshiva in Europe. I get in trouble for making friends with perfect strangers, and for standing on chairs to sing during Shabbos dinner. In addition to being the Senior Rabbi of Beth Emunah Messianic Synagogue in Agoura Hills, CA, I write regularly for several publications and speak widely in congregations and conferences. My wife is a Southern-fried Jewish Beltway bandit and a smokin' hot human rights attorney... and please don’t take offense if I dump Tabasco sauce on your cooking.
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