The people ran to Peter and John (Acts 3:11)

“The cured lame beggar

Clung

To Peter

And John.

All the people

Were astounded.

They ran together

To them

In the portico

Called Solomon’s.”

Κρατοῦντος δὲ αὐτοῦ τὸν Πέτρον καὶ τὸν Ἰωάνην συνέδραμεν πᾶς ὁ λαὸς πρὸς αὐτοὺς ἐπὶ τῇ στοᾷ τῇ καλουμένῃ Σολομῶντος ἔκθαμβοι.

The author of Acts indicated that the cured lame beggar clung (Κρατοῦντος δὲ αὐτοῦ) to Peter (τὸν Πέτρον) and John (καὶ τὸν Ἰωάνην).  All the people there (πᾶς ὁ λαὸς) were astounded (ἔκθαμβοι) and ran together (συνέδραμεν) to them (πρὸς αὐτοὺς) in the porch or portico (ἐπὶ τῇ στοᾷ) called Solomon’s (τῇ καλουμένῃ Σολομῶντος).  Acts is the only Greek biblical writing that used this word ἔκθαμβοι, that means utterly astounded, amazed, or full of astonishment.  John, chapter 10:23, had mentioned Solomon’s portico.  John uniquely said that Jesus (ὁ Ἰησοῦς) was walking (καὶ περιεπάτει) in the Temple (ἐν τῷ ἱερῷ), in the portico or porch (ἐν τῇ στοᾷ) of Solomon (τοῦ Σολομῶνος).  This was the colonnade on the eastern side of the Temple, obviously named after King Solomon (970-931 BCE), the original builder of the Temple.  Apparently, this miracle healing of the lame beggar attracted a lot of attention.  Everyone was astonished and ran to see this cured lame man with Peter and John.  Have you ever been astonished at someone who are healed quickly?

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