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The church of the apostles was imperfect and sometimes troubled, but its members had been overwhelmed by the Holy Spirit, who led them out to witness to the risen Christ. The book of Acts shows the followers of Jesus reaching out to a lost world with the glorious message of salvation.

a convert (NEB, ‘a former convert’) to Judaism (5), i.e. a proselyte. It has been pointed out that all seven had Greek names. They may all, therefore, have been Hellēnistai, deliberately chosen to satisfy this group who were complaining. But this is speculative. It seems more likely a priori that ‘some of both classes of Jews were elected, the only fair and proper course’.39 Whether they were deacons or not, and whether they were Hellēnistai or not, the church presented these men to the apostles,
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