The uproar in Thessalonica (Acts 17:5)

“But the Jews

Became jealous.

With the help

Of some wicked men

In the marketplace,

They formed

An unruly crowd.

They set the city

In an uproar.

They attacked

The house of Jason,

While they were searching

For Paul

And Silas

To bring them out

To the people.”

Ζηλώσαντες δὲ οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι καὶ προσλαβόμενοι τῶν ἀγοραίων ἄνδρας τινὰς πονηροὺς καὶ ὀχλοποιήσαντες ἐθορύβουν τὴν πόλιν, καὶ ἐπιστάντες τῇ οἰκίᾳ Ἰάσονος ἐζήτουν αὐτοὺς προαγαγεῖν εἰς τὸν δῆμον

The author of Acts indicated that the Jews (δὲ οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι) became jealous (Ζηλώσαντες).  With the help (καὶ προσλαβόμενοι) of some wicked men (ἄνδρας τινὰς πονηροὺς) in the marketplace (τῶν ἀγοραίων), they formed an unruly crowd (καὶ ὀχλοποιήσαντες).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used this word ὀχλοποιήσαντες, that means to gather a crowd or make a riot.  They set the city in an uproar (ἐθορύβουν τὴν πόλιν).  They attacked (ἐπιστάντες) the house of Jason (τῇ οἰκίᾳ Ἰάσονος), while they were searching (ἐζήτουν) for Paul and Silas (αὐτοὺς) to bring them out (προαγαγεῖν) to the people (εἰς τὸν δῆμον).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used this word δῆμον. that means a district, a country, the common people, or the assembled people.  Once again, these Jews became jealous of Paul as they had in Antioch in Pisidia, Iconium, Lystra, and now here in Thessalonica.  Paul was a magnate for jealous Jews who hated him.  Everywhere he went, he was attacked by the Jews in whose synagogue he tried to preach.  Jason was a Christian believing Jew who had hosted Paul and Silas.  Perhaps, he is the same Jason mentioned in Paul’s letter to the Romans, chapter 16:21.  These angry jealous Jews got a mob together and attacked Jason’s house, only to find out that Paul and Silas were not there, since they thought that both of them might be there.  Do mobs often get confused?

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