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Acts 3:11-12

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Peter Addresses the Crowd

3:11 While the man 1  was hanging on to Peter and John, all the people, completely astounded, ran together to them in the covered walkway 2  called Solomon’s Portico. 3  3:12 When Peter saw this, he declared to the people, “Men of Israel, 4  why are you amazed at this? Why 5  do you stare at us as if we had made this man 6  walk by our own power or piety?

1 tn Grk “he”; the referent (the man) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

2 tn Or “portico,” “colonnade”; Grk “stoa.” The translation “covered walkway” (a descriptive translation) was used here because the architectural term “portico” or “colonnade” is less familiar. However, the more technical term “portico” was retained in the actual name that follows.

3 sn Solomons Portico was a covered walkway formed by rows of columns supporting a roof and open on the inner side facing the center of the temple complex. It was located on the east side of the temple (Josephus, Ant. 15.11.3-5 [15.391-420], 20.9.7 [20.221]) and was a place of commerce and conversation.

4 tn Or perhaps “People of Israel,” since this was taking place in Solomon’s Portico and women may have been present. The Greek ἄνδρες ᾿Ισραηλῖται (andre" Israhlitai) used in the plural would normally mean “men, gentlemen” (BDAG 79 s.v. ἀνήρ 1.a).

5 tn Grk “or why.”

6 tn Grk “him”; the referent (the man) has been specified in the translation for clarity.



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