From Athens To Corinth

Paul concluded his testimony before the Athenian city council (282).  Some in the audience didn’t believe in resurrection from the dead, so they made fun of Paul.  But others said, “We want to hear you speak about this again.”

When Paul left the meeting, some people joined him & believed; among them were Dionysius (a member of the city council), a woman named Damaris, and some other people.

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Before leaving Athens, Paul sent Timothy back to Thessalonika, to see how the new church there was holding up in the face of persecution from unbelieving Jews.

Then Paul left Athens and went on to the Greek city of Corinth. Living there was a Jew named Aquila; he was originally from Pontus in northeastern Turkey, but he had later lived in Italy.  When the Emperor Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome, Aquila had moved to Corinth with his wife, Priscilla.

Upon his arrival in Corinth, Paul lived with Aquila & Priscilla; he also worked with them, since they all earned their living by making tents.

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Every Sabbath, Paul held discussions in the local synagogue, trying to convince both Jews & Greeks to follow Jesus.

When Silas & Timothy arrived in Corinth from Macedonia, the Holy Spirit led Paul to begin preaching the message full-time, testifying to the local Jews that Jesus is the Messiah.

Some of these Jews opposed Paul & said evil things about him.  Paul protested by shaking the dust from his clothes & saying to them, “If you are lost, you yourselves must take the blame for it; I’m not responsible. From now on I will minister to the Gentiles here in Corinth.”

So Paul then began teaching next door in the house of Titius Justus, a Gentile who had been converted to the worship of God.

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Many people in Corinth heard the message, believed, & were baptized – including Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, together with all his family.

 

(282) Acts 17:32-18:8