Acts 23:12-end Ambush
Certain Jews resorted to underhand, illegal tactics in order to murder Paul. Their plot was discovered, the Roman authorities alerted and Paul was taken out by night with a large military escort: the Romans were taking no chances. This is the only time Paul’s sister and her son are mentioned in the Bible: we are not told anything about them or how a “young man” could so easily gain admission to the barracks and the commandant. It would be fascinating to know more. Luke’s purpose, however, is not to give a biography of Paul, but to tell the story of the spread of the gospel. The gospel, not Paul, is the “hero” of Luke’s writing.