Paul argued with the people of Athens (Acts 17:17)


Paul argued

In the synagogue

With the Jews,

And the devout persons.

He also argued

In the market place

Every day

With those who happened

To be there.”

διελέγετο μὲν οὖν ἐν τῇ συναγωγῇ τοῖς Ἰουδαίοις καὶ τοῖς σεβομένοις καὶ ἐν τῇ ἀγορᾷ κατὰ πᾶσαν ἡμέραν πρὸς τοὺς παρατυγχάνοντας.

Thus, Paul argued or discussed (διελέγετο) in the synagogue with the Jews (μὲν οὖν ἐν τῇ συναγωγῇ τοῖς Ἰουδαίοις), and the devout gentile persons (καὶ τοῖς σεβομένοις).  He also argued or discussed in the marketplace (καὶ ἐν τῇ ἀγορᾷ) every day (κατὰ πᾶσαν ἡμέραν) with those who happened to be there (πρὸς τοὺς παρατυγχάνοντας).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used this word παρατυγχάνοντας, that means to happen to be near or present or a chance meeting.  Paul argued with everybody in Athens, the Jews in the synagogue, the devout gentile Jewish followers, and the Greek gentiles in the marketplace.  He would discuss Jesus with anyone, anytime, anyplace.  However, this was the first specific confrontation with gentiles not attached to a synagogue, those in the Greek marketplace, the agora.  Paul was more like a street corner preacher talking to everyone who passed by in the open-air marketplace, where people gathered.  Have you ever talked about Jesus with strangers that you did not know?

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