Acts Chapter 18
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Question & things to think about from chapter 18
 
1)   From Athens in the south of Greece, Paul moves slightly west to Corinth. It is here he meets Aquila and Priscilla. They are described as Judean tent-makers who have moved there after being kicked out of Rome. Because he is “of the same trade” Paul stays with them. This is the only time Paul’s trade is ever mentioned and, because he was an educated man and could have made much more money as a scribe, has caused a lot of debate. What do you think? 

2)   After Silas and Timothy arrive, Paul seems to run out of patience with the opposition he was receiving in the synagogues and so “shakes” the dust off his clothes and tells them that from then on he will go to the Gentiles. This is, clearly, a bit of a turning point in his ministry. What is the symbolism involved in this act and where else do we hear of something similar? 
 
3)  Paul has a vision that encourages him to keep on speaking out and he remains there for about 18 months. Luke rarely gives us durations for such things, is there a reason why he does so here?
 
4)   The Judeans finally stir up trouble again and bring charges when Gallio is proconsul (c50-52 AD). Gallio was the son of Seneca the elder and brother of Seneca the younger (who was tutor to Nero). 

 What do Gallio’s answer to the Judean charges and his subsequent ignoring of the beating of Sosthenes show us about Roman attitudes towards Christianity at this point? 

5)   Paul now heads back towards Antioch, taking Aquila and Priscilla with him. He goes via some of the churches he has founded, encouraging them. Finally, he arrives back in Antioch and Caesarea, which were, in many ways, his base of operations. He doesn’t stay long, however. What does he do next?
 
6)   Apollos is a Judean from Alexandria in Egypt (a place that was a major hub of Judean learning at this time). He has been instructed in “the Way” but his understanding is partial and he needs to be instructed further by Aquila and Priscilla. What were the defects in his understanding, and why was it so necessary for him to learn more?