and celebrated doctor of the law, who gave prudent worldly advice in the
respecting the treatment of the followers of Emmanuel
5:34 "Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel,
a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people and commanded
to put the apostles forth a little space."....29
Paul is generally identified
with the very celebrated Jewish doctor Gamaliel, grandson of Hillel and
who is referred to as authority in the Jewish Mishna.
We learn that Gamaliel was the preceptor
These were people of Gibeon.(map),
an ancient village of Palestine
including perhaps the three confederate cities of Gibeon, Chephirah, Beeroth
9:17-24. They were Hivites.(Genesis
mighty men. Having deceived Joshua into making a treaty with them, they
were made hewers of wood and drawers of water for the house of God.
had slain some of the Gibeonites:.2Samuel
21:1. This act by Saul upon the kind Gibeonites, brought a three year
any of several trailing or climbing plants related to the pumpkin, squash
and cucumber and bearing fruits with a hard rind; the fruit of such a plant,
often of irregular and unusual shape; the dried and hollowed out shell
of one of these fruits, often used as a drinking utensil.
Ancient Jonah's gourd.(Jonah
4:6-10), grows in great abundance
on the alluvial
banks of the Tigris and on the
plain between the river and the ruins of the ancient city of Nineveh.
At the present
day gourds are trained to run over structures of mud and brush to form
boots to protect the gardeners from the heat of the noon-day Sun. It grows
with extraordinary rapidity and when cut or injured withers away also with
Hebrew name 'kikayon' found only here in that reference in the book of
Jonah, it was probably the kiki of the Egyptians, the 'croton'. This is
the castor-oil plant, a species of ricinus, the palma Christi, so called
from the palmate division of its leaves.
more probability regard it as the 'cucurbita', the 'el-keroa' of the Arabs,
a kind of pumpkin peculiar
to the East.