Acts 18:12

12 But when Gallio became governor of Achaia, some Jews rose up together against Paul and brought him before the governor for judgment.

Acts 18:12 Meaning and Commentary

Acts 18:12

And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia
This province, which was now become a Roman one, Pliny the younger F17 calls true and mere Greece; it went by the name of Aegialus F18, and now it is called Livadia: it has on the north the country of Thessaly, and on the west the river Acheloo, or Aracheo, on the east the Aegean sea, and on the south Peloponnesus, or the Morea. Gallio, who was now deputy of it, was brother to L. Annaeus Seneca, the famous philosopher, who was preceptor to Nero; his name at first was M. Annaeus Novatus, but being adopted by L. Junius Gallio, he took the name of the family. According to his brother's account of him {s}, he was a very modest man, of a sweet disposition, and greatly beloved; and Statius F20 calls him Dulcem Gallionem, "the sweet Gallio", mild and gentle in his speech, as Quintilian says. Seneca


FOOTNOTES:

F21 makes mention of him as being in Achaia; and whilst he was deputy there he had a fever, when as soon as it took him he went aboard a ship, crying, that it was not the disease of the body, but of the place.

The Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul;
being provoked that so many of their people, as well as of the Gentiles, were converted by him to the Christian religion, and were baptized:

and brought him to the judgment seat;
of Gallio, the deputy, to be tried and judged by him.


F17 L. 8. Ep. 24.
F18 Plin. Nat. Hist. l. 4. c. 5. Pausanias, l. 7. p. 396.
F19 Praefat. ad. l. 4. Nat. Quaest.
F20 Sylvarum, l. 2. Sylv. 7.
F21 Ep. 104.

Acts 18:12 In-Context

10 For I am with you, and no one will attack and harm you, for many people in this city belong to me.”
11 So Paul stayed there for the next year and a half, teaching the word of God.
12 But when Gallio became governor of Achaia, some Jews rose up together against Paul and brought him before the governor for judgment.
13 They accused Paul of “persuading people to worship God in ways that are contrary to our law.”
14 But just as Paul started to make his defense, Gallio turned to Paul’s accusers and said, “Listen, you Jews, if this were a case involving some wrongdoing or a serious crime, I would have a reason to accept your case.