Jesus of Nazareth (Acts 2:22)

“Men of Israel!

Hear these words!

Jesus of Nazareth,

Is a man

Attested to you

By God

With powerful deeds,

Wonders,

And signs.

God did

These things

Through him,

Among you.

You yourselves know this.”

Ἄνδρες Ἰσραηλεῖται, ἀκούσατε τοὺς λόγους τούτους· Ἰησοῦν τὸν Ναζωραῖον, ἄνδρα ἀποδεδειγμένον ἀπὸ τοῦ Θεοῦ εἰς ὑμᾶς δυνάμεσι καὶ τέρασι καὶ σημείοις, οἷς ἐποίησεν δι’ αὐτοῦ ὁ Θεὸς ἐν μέσῳ ὑμῶν, καθὼς αὐτοὶ οἴδατε,

The author of Acts indicated that Peter finished with his citation from the prophet Joel.  He then turned to the crowd around him and said “Men of Israel (Ἄνδρες Ἰσραηλεῖται)!  Hear these words (ἀκούσατε τοὺς λόγους τούτους)!”  He went on to explain that Jesus of Nazareth (Ἰησοῦν τὸν Ναζωραῖον) was the man (ἄνδρα) attested (ἀποδεδειγμένον) to them (εἰς ὑμᾶς) by God (ἀπὸ τοῦ Θεοῦ) with powerful actions or miracles (δυνάμεσι), wonders (καὶ τέρασι), and signs (καὶ σημείοις).  God did this through him (οἷς ἐποίησεν δι’ αὐτοῦ ὁ Θεὸς) among them (ἐν μέσῳ ὑμῶν).  But they knew all this (καθὼς αὐτοὶ οἴδατε).  Peter turned to the various Jewish people gathered for the Pentecost festival, particularly the Israelites.  He called Jesus a man attested by God, unlike John who called Jesus the Word of God, who became flesh.  God had done wonderful deeds, wonders, and signs through Jesus, indicating his divine power.  However, they knew all this already.  Peter was describing the basic teaching about Jesus among the early Christian followers.  Do you know about Jesus and do nothing about it?

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