Character Profile: Rabban Gamliel the Elder

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The ancient Jewish sage Rabban Gamliel is mentioned not only in rabbinic literature, but also twice in the New Testament. Marc Turnage introduces us to this important figure in the history of Judaism and Christianity.

The ancient Jewish sage Rabban Gamliel is mentioned not only in rabbinic literature, but also twice in the New Testament. In Acts 5:34-39 Gamliel (or “Gamaliel”) speaks out in the Sanhedrin on behalf of the early followers of Jesus, while in Acts 22:3 the Apostle Paul mentions that he was at one time a student of Gamliel. In the video below Marc Turnage introduces us to this important figure in the history of Judaism and Christianity.

To learn more about Gamliel, we recommend the following article on Jerusalem Perspective:

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This illumination from the fourteenth-century Sarajevo Haggada pictures Rabban Gamliel. The picture may be of Rabban Gamliel II, grandson of the Rabban Gamliel who was the Apostle Paul’s teacher. The younger Gamliel, unlike his grandfather, was known for his severe disposition.


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  • Marc Turnage

    Marc Turnage

    Marc is the CEO and founder of Biblical Expeditions and BibleX. He holds an MA in Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins from Jerusalem University College, and a PhD from the Land of Israel Studies department at Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. He has 25+…
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