Acts Chapter 17
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Question & things to think about from chapter 17
 
1)   Paul and Silas continue on from Philippi along the northern Aegean coast to Thessalonika where, as has been his custom, Paul spends time preaching in the synagogue. His success there once again causes a jealous reaction and some men are arrested, including a man named Jason. 
Why Jason? Who might he have been? What happens to him? 


2)   Paul and Silas move on to Berea, about 50 miles to the west. The synagogue there is more accepting (why does Luke describe them as “nobler”?) until, once again, the opponents from their last stop hear and follow to make trouble. 

The local Christians send Paul on his way, but Silas and Timothy remain. Why do you suppose that was? 

 
3)  In Athens Paul continues his usual practice, preaching in the synagogues, but also now talking in the open markets. Here he is heard by some of the students of philosophy who invite him to the Areopagus to discuss his new ideas.

Who were the Stoics and the Epicureans, what did they believe? And what was the Areopagus?
 
4)   Paul’s talk to the philosophers starts with the “Altar to the Unknown God”. How does Paul use this pagan shrine and how does he then develop his thesis? He uses two quotes, where are they from? How does this “sermon” differ from the others that Luke has recorded?

5)   After Paul mentions the resurrection of Jesus, many of his listeners dismiss him. Some, however, believe and two are named in particular. Why these two? Do we know anything else about them?