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Apostolic Council
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Refers to the gathering of early church leaders described in Acts 15:1–35. Participants included James, Peter, Paul, and Barnabas. These apostles and other elders debated whether the Jewish rite of circumcision should be enforced for Gentiles joining the Christian faith. They ultimately decided that Gentile converts could forego being circumcised but should observe Jewish prohibitions on: meat offered to idols; meat of animals killed by strangling; blood; and sexual immorality. For further information, see these articles: Jewish Christians; Judaizers.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Jerusalem, Council of
Jerusalem, Council of Refers to the gathering of early church leaders described in Acts 15:1–35. Participants included James, Peter, Paul, and Barnabas. These apostles and other elders debated whether the Jewish rite of circumcision should be enforced for Gentiles joining the Christian faith. They ultimately
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Jerusalem, Council of
JERUSALEM, COUNCIL OF. This conference (also called “the Apostolic Council”) designates the meeting at Jerusalem of leaders of the early Church to discuss the implications of preaching a gospel of grace among the gentiles.A. Historical ConsiderationsThe historical questions surrounding the meeting
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Jerusalem Council
Jerusalem Council. Meeting described in Acts 15:6–29, held about ad 48–50. Acts records that the conference was held to deal with the question of the requirement for gentile salvation raised by Jews first in Antioch (14:26–15:1) and later in Jerusalem (15:3–5). The matter was subjected to lengthy consideration
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Apostolic Council
Apostolic Council A meeting between delegates from the church at Antioch (Paul, Barnabas, and others) and those from the mother church at Jerusalem, convened to settle a dispute raised by some Jewish-Christians from Jerusalem who had come to Antioch teaching that gentile converts could not be saved
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Jerusalem Council
JERUSALEM COUNCIL* Meeting described in Acts 15:6–29, held about ad 50. Acts records that the conference was held to deal with the question of the requirement for gentile salvation raised by Jews first in Antioch (14:26–15:1) and later in Jerusalem (15:3–5). The matter was subjected to lengthy consideration
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Jerusalem Council
Jerusalem Council, also called the apostolic council, a meeting of early Christian leaders to discuss the proposal that Gentile converts to the faith should become circumcised and keep Jewish law if they wish to be saved (Acts 15:1–35). The council appears to have been prompted by the success converting
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Apostolic Council
APOSTOLIC COUNCIL. The designation sometimes used of the Jerusalem assemblage of apostles and elders (c. a.d. 49–50) recorded in Acts 15. As a result of the reception into the churches of uncircumcised Gentiles (Acts 11:19–21, RSV; 13:46–48; 14:27), the ultra-Judaistic party began to press strenuously
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Council, Jerusalem
COUNCIL, JERUSALEM. The Council of Jerusalem is the name commonly given to the meeting convened between delegates from the church of Antioch (led by Paul and Barnabas) and the apostles and elders of the church of Jerusalem, to discuss problems arising from the large influx of Gentile converts into the
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Apostolic Council
Apostolic CouncilA gathering in Jerusalem (also called the Jerusalem Council) of representatives from the church in Syrian Antioch (including Paul and Barnabas) together with certain apostles and the elders of the parent church in Jerusalem, to respond to the claim of some Jewish Christians that gentile
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Apostolic Council
Apostolic Council. The meeting in Jerusalem between delegates of the church at Jerusalem and those of the church at Antioch (including Paul and Barnabas), called to resolve a dispute concerning the necessity of circumcision for Gentile converts (Acts 15:1–21). On the basis of Luke’s narrative, it appears
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Jerusalem, Council Of
JERUSALEM, COUNCIL OF The apostolic council that gathered in Jerusalem around a.d. 49 to discuss the status of Gentile converts. The question was whether Gentiles needed to follow the Jewish ceremonial law in order to be saved. The council was attended by representatives from the Church in Antioch, including
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Apostolic Council
APOSTOLIC COUNCIL. The assembly of the apostles and elders, held in Jerusalem (a.d. 50), an account of which is given in Acts 15. At Antioch, under the labors of Paul and Barnabas, many uncircumcised persons had been gathered into the church. Some Jewish Christians on a visit from Jerusalem contended
Key passages
Ac 15:1–21

And some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom prescribed by Moses, you cannot be saved.” And after there was no little strife and debate by Paul and Barnabas against them, they appointed Paul and …

Ga 2:1–10

Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking along Titus also. Now I went up there because of a revelation and laid out to them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles, but in private to the influential people, …