Paul wanted Silas and Timothy to join him (Acts 17:15)

“Those who conducted Paul

Brought him

As far as Athens.

After receiving instructions

To have Silas

And Timothy

Join him

As soon as possible,

They left him.”

οἱ δὲ καθιστάνοντες τὸν Παῦλον ἤγαγον ἕως Ἀθηνῶν, καὶ λαβόντες ἐντολὴν πρὸς τὸν Σιλᾶν καὶ τὸν Τιμόθεον ἵνα ὡς τάχιστα ἔλθωσιν πρὸς αὐτὸν ἐξῄεσαν.

The author of Acts indicated that those who conducted (οἱ δὲ καθιστάνοντες) Paul (τὸν Παῦλον) brought (ἤγαγον) him as far as Athens (ἕως Ἀθηνῶν).  After receiving instructions (καὶ λαβόντες ἐντολὴν) to have Silas (πρὸς τὸν Σιλᾶν) and Timothy (καὶ τὸν Τιμόθεον) join him (ἔλθωσιν πρὸς αὐτὸν) as soon as possible (ἵνα ὡς τάχιστα), they left him (ἐξῄεσαν).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used this word τάχιστα, that means quickly, quick, most swiftly, most quickly, or as quick as possible.  Acts was also the only Greek biblical writing that used this word ἐξῄεσαν, that means to go forth, go out, or depart.  They brought Paul to Athens that was about 200 miles away.  Then left him there.  Athens was and still is the largest ancient Greek city, one of the world’s oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years.  Classical Athens was a powerful city-state that emerged in conjunction with the seagoing development of its world class port of Piraeus, as a center for the arts, learning, and philosophy, including Plato’s Academy (428-348 BCE) and Aristotle’s Lyceum (384-322 BCE).  Sometimes it is referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy.  Today, Athens is a large cosmopolitan global capital city of Greece, with nearly 4 million people in its metropolitan area.  Paul gave instructions that Silas and Timothy should join him there in Athens.  Paul traveled a long way from Macedonia to this Greek city.  Have you ever traveled over 200 miles?

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