2:9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and the province of Asia, 1 2:10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene, 2 and visitors from Rome, 3 2:11 both Jews and proselytes, 4 Cretans and Arabs – we hear them speaking in our own languages about the great deeds God has done!” 5
1 tn Grk “Asia”; in the NT this always refers to the Roman province of Asia, made up of about one-third of the west and southwest end of modern Asia Minor. Asia lay to the west of the region of Phrygia and Galatia. The words “the province of” are supplied to indicate to the modern reader that this does not refer to the continent of Asia.
2 tn According to BDAG 595 s.v. Λιβύη, the western part of Libya, Libya Cyrenaica, is referred to here (see also Josephus, Ant. 16.6.1 [16.160] for a similar phrase).
4 sn Proselytes refers to Gentile (i.e., non-Jewish) converts to Judaism.
5 tn Or “God’s mighty works.” Here the genitive τοῦ θεοῦ (tou qeou) has been translated as a subjective genitive.