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That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas off to Beroea; and when they arrived, they went to the Jewish
synagogue. These Jews were more receptive than those in Thessalonica, for they welcomed the message very eagerly and examined the scriptures every day to see whether these things were so. Many of them therefore believed, including not a few Greek women and men of high standing. But when the Jews of Thessalonica learned that the word of God had been proclaimed by Paul in Beroea as well, they came there too, to stir up and incite the crowds. Then the believers immediately sent Paul away to the coast, but Silas and Timothy remained behind. Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens; and after receiving
instructions to have Silas and Timothy join him as soon as possible, they left him.
While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was deeply distressed to see that the city was full of idols. So he argued in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and also in the marketplace every day with those who
happened to be there. Also some Epicurean and Stoic
philosophers debated with him. Some said, “What does this babbler want to say?” Others said, “He seems to be a
proclaimer of foreign divinities.” (This was because he was telling the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.)
Want to dig deeper? Additional Scripture Suggestions:
1 Thessalonians 3:1-5
Time for Reflection
In addition to the 4 questions found on the attached bookmark consider the following:
Why are both openness to new ideas and a willingness to examine Scripture important together rather than emphasizing one or the other? Is this more important now than during the 1st century church? During the church of 50 years ago?