In Solomon's Portico
> And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wroughtamong the people; and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch.
Tom Saunders writes:
> They were not in accord on the porch. Then or now. Not Thomas' porchwhere the "Jew loves the fruit and hates the tree" or visa versa. On
Solomon's porch they get circumcised and observe the rules of Solomon. I
think this verse in Acts reveals Luke's preference for Jewish practices, and
community. It also shows how diverse the GThom is in regard to these issues.
>could go his own way like Phillip.
> I think Thomas had every reason to write the GThom at this point, so he
But Philip isn't described as "going his own way" in the sense you mean. His
mission to Samaria is associated with a general "scattering" of the
followers in Jerusalem due to Saul's persecution (see Acts 8:3-5), not any
disagreement with Peter's leadership. Furthermore, the author of Acts
(presumably Luke) could hardly have had a "preference for Jewish practices",
since Paul was clearly his hero, and of course Paul was very much at odds
with the Jerusalem leadership. The purpose of chapter 5, as I see it, is to
invoke a supposed "golden age" before the persecutions started. Has nothing
to do with an authorial preference for circumcision and other Jewish laws,
though it might have to do with an authorial yearning for "the good old
days" of commune-type living. Solomon's Portico, BTW, is also mentioned in
Acts 3:11. It was apparently a real covered gateway area on the east side of
the Temple. We can't suppose that it was chosen by the disciples for any
symbolic reason - it may have been the only (or best) free spot available.
Or it could be that they preferred the east side (for sunrise services?),
and "Solomon's Portico" just happened to be the name of an area available
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