the place of his nativity. He then sent
his brother Simon, and Jonathan, the son of Sisenna, and about a hundred
armed men, to Jerusalem, to Simon, the son of Gamaliel, This Gamaliel may be the very same that is mentioned by the rabbins in
the Mishna, in Juchasin, and in Porta Mosis, as is observed in the Latin
notes. He might be also that Gamaliel II., whose grandfather was Gamaliel
I., who is mentioned in Acts 5:34, and at whose feet St. Paul was brought
up, Acts 22:3. See Prid. at the year 449.
in order to persuade him to induce the commonalty of Jerusalem to take
from me the government over the Galileans, and to give their suffrages
for conferring that authority upon him. This Simon was of the city of Jerusalem,
and of a very noble family of the sect of the Pharisees, which are supposed
to excel others in the accurate knowledge of the laws of their country.
He was a man of great wisdom and reason, and capable of restoring public
affairs by his prudence, when they were in an ill po