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Acts 17:11-12

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17:11 These Jews 1  were more open-minded 2  than those in Thessalonica, 3  for they eagerly 4  received 5  the message, examining 6  the scriptures carefully every day 7  to see if these things were so. 17:12 Therefore many of them believed, along with quite a few 8  prominent 9  Greek women and men.

1 tn Grk “These”; the referent (the Jews in the synagogue at Berea) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

2 tn Or “more willing to learn.” L&N 27.48 and BDAG 404 s.v. εὐγενής 2 both use the term “open-minded” here. The point is that they were more receptive to Paul’s message.

3 sn Thessalonica was a city in Macedonia (modern Salonica).

map For location see JP1 C1; JP2 C1; JP3 C1; JP4 C1.

4 tn Or “willingly,” “readily”; Grk “with all eagerness.”

5 tn Grk “who received.” Here the relative pronoun (“who”) has been translated as a pronoun (“they”) preceded by a semicolon, which is less awkward in contemporary English than a relative clause at this point.

6 tn This verb (BDAG 66 s.v. ἀνακρίνω 1) refers to careful examination.

7 tn BDAG 437 s.v. ἡμέρα 2.c has “every day” for this phrase in this verse.

8 tn Grk “not a few”; this use of negation could be misleading to the modern English reader, however, and so has been translated as “quite a few” (which is the actual meaning of the expression).

9 tn Or “respected.”



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