Acts Chapter 25
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Question & things to think about from chapter 25
 
1)   Festus, new to the job and replacing Felix, who had been removed for upsetting the Jews, clearly wants to ingratiate himself with them. However, he does not just go along with their request. Why might that be? What was he hoping to achieve? 

2)   When his accusers cannot prove any of their claims, Paul asserts his innocence. What does Festus do then? Why not just let him go, if he is innocent?
 
3)   What is involved in Paul’s appeal to Caesar? Why does he do it, if, as he claims, Festus knows he is not guilty?
 
4)   Agrippa, the last of the Hasmonean rulers (Herod the Great and his descendants), arrives with Berenice, his sister. It was rumoured that they were in an incestuous relationship, but that is not commented on here. When Festus tells them about Paul, they are clearly intrigued and want to see him. Festus agrees because he is in a bit of a quandary. What does Festus want from this encounter?