According to the author of Acts, the dead-but-resurrected Jesus said this to Paul on the road to Damascus: “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
Compare this to a statement by the Greek writer Euripides (who died in 406 BC) in his book, The Baccahae: “I would control my rage and sacrifice to him if I were you, rather than kick against the goads.”
by Asher Norman, orthodox Jewish author in his book, Twenty-Six Reasons Why Jews Don’t Believe in Jesus“:
Paul seems to have borrowed the phrase “kick against the goads” from Euripides. Significantly, the context of the stories in Acts and the Bacchae is essentially the same. Each story contains an exchange between a persecuted man/god and his persecutor. In Paul’s story the man/god Jesus rebuked Paul and in the Bacchae the man/god Dionysus rebuked Pentheus, the king of Thebes. It therefore appears likely that Luke plagiarized Euripide’s story attributing Dionysus phrase “kick against the goads” to the dead Jesus. This profoundly undermines the credibility of Paul’s alleged “epiphany” experience, which was the primary source of Paul’s claim to be an “apostle” of Jesus.