of the priests
6:7 of the priests. There were many sincere and godly priests in Jerusalem like Zacharias (Luke 1:6-7), and it was probably from among these that this group of converts came. They would have been well aware of the teachings of Jesus and also of the evidences of His resurrection, and were not participants in the priestly cabal which got Him crucified. This response on the part of so many priests is a further incidental evidence of the truth of His resurrection. On the other hand, it is possible that these men, with their training, could well have taken on a leading role in the church and been responsible for its later problems with the so-called “Judaizers,” who wanted the Christians to continue also in all the temple rituals and practices.