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Why did they lay their coats at Saul's feet?

The witnesses, laying their coats at the feet of Saul, were the men that would cast the first stones at Stephen in Acts 7. Why did they all lay their coats at Saul’s feet? The Talmud contains a very interesting account of the act of stoning that may provide the answer. “When the trial was over, they take him [the condemned person] out to be stoned. The place of stoning was at a distance from the court, as it is said, ‘Take out the one who has cursed.’ [i] A man stands at the entrance of the court; in his hand is a signaling flag [Hebrew   sudarin = sudar , ‘scarf, sweater’]. A horseman was stationed far away but within sight of him. If one [of the judges] says, ‘I have something [more] to say in his favor,’ he [the signaler] waves the   sudarin , and the horseman runs and stops them [from stoning him]. Even if [the condemned person] himself says, ‘I have something to say in my favor,’ they bring him back, even four of five times, only provided that there is some substance to what he

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Guideline for Discussing the Elephants in the Room

Time Tested for 30 Years   I created this Guideline to resolve conflicts and disagreements that were disrupting Bible studies when I introduced new information that challenged doctrines of our denomination . It transformed those situations into educational opportunities and created a " team mentality ." It established the value of facts, gave everyone permission to question each other, and defined the goal of removing errors from our belief systems. We use it in our educational emails too. I encourage you to adopt and promote it in your Bible studies too. By the way, it also works on Political and Economic Belief Systems too! See Other BHC Models by Clicking Here I hope you enjoyed this and found it informative. Please share and discuss it with others -- and thank you for reading it . May Your Life be Blessed with Health, Safety, Completeness and Friends, Jim Myers ☼ Your help would be greatly appreciated! Click Here