Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians,1 for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures2 every day to see if what Paul said was true.312
Many of the Jews believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.413
When the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea,5 they went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up.
The brothers6 immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas7 and Timothy8 stayed at Berea.
The men who escorted Paul brought him to Athens9 and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.10
While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols.
So he reasoned in the synagogue11 with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there.
A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to dispute with him. Some of them asked, "What is this babbler trying to say?" Others remarked, "He seems to be advocating foreign gods." They said this because Paul was preaching the good news12 about Jesus and the resurrection.1319
Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus,14 where they said to him, "May we know what this new teaching15 is that you are presenting?
You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we want to know what they mean."
(All the Athenians16 and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)