September 07, 2008

Gamaliel Foundation

NPR has an interview here with a contemporary of Obama's on the Chicago community organizer circuit, Mike Kruglik. Obama and Kruglik both worked for the Gamaliel Foundation. From the history of the foundation:

The Name: The first Christians were a threat to the establishment of Israel. The Sanhedrin met to decide the fate of the leaders of the new religion. Some wanted to kill them. But the wise man Gamaliel stood up and said "refrain from these men, for if this work be of men, it will come to naught, but if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it, lest haply ye be found even to fight against God." Acts 5: 38, 39. We work in the hope and the confidence that this work is of God. Paul understood himself to be a disciple of Gamaliel. (Acts 22:3)

Here's Acts 22:3, where Paul says:

I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Ci-li'ci-a, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Ga-ma'li-el, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day.

So far so good, right? But what makes this perhaps an inauspicious name is Paul's actions after being brought up "at the feet of Gamaliel." Paul goes on to say, in Acts 22:4-5,

4 And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.

5 As also the high priest doth bear me witness, and all the estate of the elders: from whom also I received letters unto the brethren, and went to Damascus, to bring them which were there bound unto Jerusalem, for to be punished.

H/t: my Mom, who has a keen eye for the finer details.

Posted by jeffreyb at 06:53 PM | Comments (0)