The conversions at Thessalonica (Acts 17:4)

“Some of them

Were persuaded.

They joined


And Silas.

A great many

Of the devout Greeks

And not a few

Of the leading women

Joined also.”

καί τινες ἐξ αὐτῶν ἐπείσθησαν καὶ προσεκληρώθησαν τῷ Παύλῳ καὶ τῷ Σιλᾷ, τῶν τε σεβομένων Ἑλλήνων πλῆθος πολὺ, γυναικῶν τε τῶν πρώτων οὐκ ὀλίγαι.

The author of Acts indicated that some of them (καί τινες ἐξ αὐτῶν) were persuaded (ἐπείσθησαν).  They joined (καὶ προσεκληρώθησαν) Paul (τῷ Παύλῳ) and Silas (καὶ τῷ Σιλᾷ) as fellow Christians.  A great many (πλῆθος πολὺ) of the devout Greeks (τῶν τε σεβομένων Ἑλλήνων) also joined them along with not a few (οὐκ ὀλίγαι) of the leading women (γυναικῶν τε τῶν πρώτων) also.  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used this word προσεκληρώθησαν, that means to allot to, assign by lot, associate with, or follow as a disciple.  Both some Jews from this synagogue and some gentile devout Greeks, who had shown some interest in Judaism, became believers in Jesus.  They joined Paul and Silas as fellow disciples of Jesus.  The author of Acts pointed out that some leading women of Thessalonica also became followers of Jesus.  Thus, Paul had a mixture of Jews and gentiles who became Christians.  Do all Christians have to have the same background?

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