The Early Church and Common Property

In my last post, I laid out a plan for studying the behavior and consequent deaths of Ananias and his wife Sapphira, described in Acts 4:32-5:11. We’ll begin our study by looking at marginal notes. What does Scripture mean when indicating that to members of the early church, “all things…

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Ananias and Sapphira in the Book of Acts

In my last post, I wrapped up our look at Baruch and God’s message to him in Jeremiah 45. Today we’ll launch our three-part study of Ananias and Sapphira, whose misunderstood death has been the source of some wild speculation and some questionable conclusions. For instance, today there is at…

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The Family Tree of Baruch Revealed

In my last post, I wrote about marginal notes, an often-overlooked study aid right in front of our faces. Today, using some of the clues we discovered in the marginal notes, we will consult the Encyclopedia of the Bible and a couple of commentaries, which will help us learn about…

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A Resource Library of Your Own
My five-volume Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible.

A Resource Library of Your Own

In my last post, after wrapping up our study of Acts 17, I wrote that I would devote today’s effort to discussing how you can build a resource library, and what you’ll want to include in it. That topic, of course, is quite broad, so I’ll begin with three essentials.…

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The Bereans – What We Can Learn From Them?
What does it mean to be more noble-minded?

The Bereans – What We Can Learn From Them?

In my last post I went through the process I used to outline Acts 17, which marks the transition from observation to interpretation in the inductive method of Bible study. This post wraps up our study of the chapter, completing both the interpretation and application stages. In essence, the purpose…

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The Structure of Acts 17 – Outlining the Chapter

In my last post, I asked that you outline Acts 17 in preparation for this week’s post. In this task, you are moving from the observation stage of the inductive method to the interpretation stage. That’s because you’re now beginning to think about what you have read and how it…

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From Synagogue to Synagogue
Ruins of the First Century synagogue at Capernaum

From Synagogue to Synagogue

In my last post I wrote about the Via Egnatia, a major Roman highway Paul used in the account in Acts 17. This post will consider the last item I listed among my initial observations. That item is a cultural / historical institution, the synagogue. It’s always important in Bible…

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A Highway and Paul’s Journey
Ancient Via Egnatia in Kavala (ancient Neapolis), Philipp Pilhofer, September 2011.

A Highway and Paul’s Journey

In my last post I wrapped up the word studies for the chapter. We looked at the wicked men recruited from the market place to riot against Paul and his companions. We also looked at babbler, the term of derision the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers used to describe Paul. In…

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A Babbler and Lewd Fellows – Word Study
The market place of ancient Thessalonica.

A Babbler and Lewd Fellows – Word Study

I devoted my last blog post entirely to understanding the term God-fearing Greeks. This week we’ll take a brief look at some of the other words in the chapter. Among those are babbler and lewd fellows (King James Version only). As I’ve mentioned before, one important task in inductive study…

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Proselytes in the Greek World – Word Study
Modern Thessaloniki from the Thermaic Gulf.

Proselytes in the Greek World – Word Study

My last post concluded our study of the people of Acts 17. In that post, we looked at Dionysius and Damaris as well as considering the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers. Today, we’ll examine an important expression, "God-fearing Greeks." This term leads us to an important concept: proselytes in the Greek…

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In Athens With the Apostle Paul
The Areopagus, or Mars Hill overlooking Athens

In Athens With the Apostle Paul

In Acts 17, we see Paul in three cities: Thessalonica (verses 1-9), Berea (verses 10-14), and Athens (verses 15-34). We’ve already discussed the major figures in the chapter, including Silas and Timothy as well as Paul. We also covered some minor "players." We still need to consider two more minor…

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Jason and Caesar in Acts 17
Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, Roman emperor from 41 to 54 AD.

Jason and Caesar in Acts 17

During the last two weeks I wrote about Silas and Timothy, and before that I devoted three posts to Paul. That covers all the major figures who appear in Acts 17. Today we’ll spend our time looking at two individuals who play lesser roles in the chapter – Jason and…

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Who Was the Timothy of Acts 17?
Paul and Timothy (used with permission by GoodSalt.com)

Who Was the Timothy of Acts 17?

In my last post I wrote about Silas, and before that I devoted three posts to Paul. There’s one more major figure who appears in Acts 17, and that individual is Timothy. Today we’ll take a look at him, “reading between the lines” a bit to gain some insight into…

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Who Was the Silas of Acts 17?
Silas and Paul with the jailer at Philippi

Who Was the Silas of Acts 17?

Today we’ll finally resume our study of Acts 17. As always, the best way to understand a passage of Scripture is to study its context. For my last three posts pertaining to this study, I wrote about the person and character of the apostle Paul. Now we’ll briefly examine one…

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