Acts Chapter 12
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Question & things to think about from chapter 12
 
1)   The Herodian family is not a nice one, to say the least. From Herod the Great to Herod Agrippa they are conniving, political rulers who are ruthless in their pursuit of power. Look up Herod Agrippa online (try Wikipedia) and have a quick look at his life.

2)   Peter is arrested during the feast of unleavened bread, just before the Passover. Note that this means we are at least a year after the crucifixion. Do you think the timing might have meant anything to Peter (especially in light of Jesus’ words to him about his death in John 21:18-19)?
 
3)   Peter is in prison and has, what he assumes, is another vision. It is only when he is safe outside that he realises that it is real and he has been miraculously freed from prison. What do you imagine were his feelings? What did he do and why?
 
4)   Imagine being the maid Rhoda and finding Peter, who you know is in prison and possibly dead, at the door. What do you think your reaction would have been? And what would you have thought or done had you been one of the people she ran and told?

5)   Herod’s death is presented slightly differently here than in Josephus and Roman histories, but the main points are similar (the crowd calling him “a god”, his accepting it and then falling ill and dying). Why does the writer include the story here (since it does not follow immediately), and what point is he trying to make?