As the conflict grew more violent, the commander was afraid they would tear Paul apart. So he ordered his soldiers to go and rescue him by force and take him back to the fortress.
- Now that's a "lively" meeting!
Acts 23:12 (NLT)
The next morning a group of Jews got together and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul.
- I recall when Jesus was taken before Pilate, the Jewish leaders claimed they didn't have the authority to execute Jesus, only the Romans did. Since then, Stephen has been stoned to death by these same people, and now they are arranging to assassinate Paul.
This leads me to believe that in the case of Jesus' trial there was a hidden agenda at work to shift responsibility onto Rome.