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Appeal
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Appeal
Appeal. Legal term meaning to request a higher court review of a decision by a lower one. OT Law made no provision for appeals. In the NT the apostle Paul appealed to the caesar for a hearing after his arrest in Jerusalem (Acts 25:11). Because he was a Roman citizen, Paul could have his case removed
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Appeal
Appeal In the sense of a request for review of a lower-court decision by a higher court, we find no such instance either in the OT or the NT. In the institution of judges by Moses (Ex. 18:26), the statement “hard cases they brought to Moses, but any small matter they decided themselves,” indicates simply
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Appeal
APPEAL Legal term meaning to request a higher court review of a decision by a lower one. OT law made no provision for appeals. In the NT the apostle Paul appealed to Caesar for a hearing after his arrest in Jerusalem (Acts 25:11). Because he was a Roman citizen, Paul could have his case removed from
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Appeal
APPEAL. A judicial term referring to the request of an inferior to his superior for either mercy or justice. The Shunammite woman appealed to the king of Israel for her land (2 Kgs 8:3). Job appealed to God for mercy (Job 9:15). Paul appealed to Caesar for justice (Acts 25:11).Used also in RSV in an
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
appeals
appeals. Applications from a lower to a higher judicial authority, a term commonly used in connection with the ecclesiastical courts. Appeals by clergy and laity to authorities higher than their diocesans were based upon Roman civil law and regulated by several councils from *Nicaea (325) to *Trent (1545–63).
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Appeal
Appeal. The principle of appeal was recognized by the Mosaic law in the establishment of a central court under the presidency of the judge or ruler for the time being, before which all cases too difficult for the local courts were to be tried. Deut. 17:8, 9. According to the above regulation, the appeal
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Appeal
Appeala reference of any case from an inferior to a superior court. Moses established in the wilderness a series of judicatories such that appeals could be made from a lower to a higher (Ex. 18:13–26.)Under the Roman law the most remarkable case of appeal is that of Paul from the tribunal of Festus
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Appeal
APPEAL — a strong or urgent request. Such an appeal is appropriate in a court of law. In Old Testament times, Moses set up an arrangement similar to an appeals court (Ex. 18:26). Job, while suffering, pressed his case beyond his “comforters” to God Himself as the last court of appeal (Job 31:35).In
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
APPEAL
APPEAL<a-pel’>: If an appeal be, as it properly is, a petition for the removal of a case that has been decided for rehearing and review and final decision by a higher court, we find no such instance either in the Old Testament or the New Testament.In the institution of judges by Moses (Exodus 18:26),
A Catholic Dictionary
Appeal
appeal. He who appeals has recourse to the justice of a superior judge from what he conceives to be the unjust sentence of an inferior judge.Appeals may be either judicial or extra-judicial. A judicial appeal is from the sentence of a judge acting as a judge. An extra-judicial appeal is from the injurious
Ecclesiastical Dictionary: Containing, in Concise Form, Information upon Ecclesiastical, Biblical, Archæological, and Historical Subjects
Appeal
Appeal.—In Canon Law, this is an act by which a layman or cleric, who believes that a wrong or injury has been done to him, or that his rights have been violated by an ecclesiastical superior or judge, demands justice by appealing to a higher court or superior. One can always appeal directly to the Sovereign
Key passages
Ac 25:11–12

If then I am doing wrong and have done anything deserving death, I am not trying to avoid dying. But if there is nothing true of the things which these people are accusing me, no one can give me up to them. I appeal to Caesar!” Then Festus, after discussing this with his council, replied, …

Ac 25:21

But when Paul appealed that he be kept under guard for the decision of His Majesty the Emperor, I gave orders for him to be kept under guard until I could send him to Caesar.”

Ac 25:25

But I understood that he had done nothing deserving death himself, and when this man appealed to His Majesty the Emperor, I decided to send him.

Ac 26:32

And Agrippa said to Festus, “This man could have been released if he had not appealed to Caesar.”

Ac 28:19

But because the Jews objected, I was forced to appeal to Caesar (not as if I had any charge to bring against my own people).