Saul appears unable to hear Stephen’s Gospel message in Acts 7, based on Galatians 1:11-12.
We Learn in [Acts 7:58] - Saul (who also is called Paul, Acts 13:9) was present while the Sanhedrin stoned Stephen: “and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.” (καὶ ἐκβαλόντες ἔξω τῆς πόλεως ἐλιθοβόλουν καὶ οἱ μάρτυρες ἀπέθεντο τὰ ἱμάτια αὐτῶν παρὰ τοὺς πόδας νεανίου καλουμένου Σαύλου).
so Saul is only present while Stephen is saying an [almost] Gospel message in Acts 7:59 “And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit” (καὶ ἐλιθοβόλουν τὸν Στέφανον ἐπικαλούμενον καὶ λέγοντα Κύριε Ἰησοῦ δέξαι τὸ πνεῦμά μου).
But Saul was not present when the Sanhedrin heard Stephen’s Gospel message (since Galatians 1:11-12 is also true).
Paul states in [Galatians 1:11] “But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man.” (Γνωρίζω δὲ ὑμῖν ἀδελφοί τὸ εὐαγγέλιον τὸ εὐαγγελισθὲν ὑπ᾽ ἐμοῦ ὅτι οὐκ ἔστιν κατὰ ἄνθρωπον·) - adding in [Galatians 1:12] “For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (οὐδὲ γὰρ ἐγὼ παρὰ ἀνθρώπου παρέλαβον αὐτό οὔτε ἐδιδάχθην ἀλλὰ δι᾽ ἀποκαλύψεως Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ)
If Saul Σαῦλος did hear Stephen’s Speech to Sanhedrin, why was Stephen’s Speech not considered a Gospel message to Paul Παῦλος based on Galatians 1:11-12?
- Why did Saul not consider Stephen’s testimony a Gospel message about Jesus (since Galatians 1:12 claims no man taught Paul to think of Jesus as the Jewish Messiah)?