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- Verses 17:28-29.
The word translated as "offspring" in these verses is the Greek γένος (genos), a cousin of the English words "genus" and "genetic." The Greek word can mean not just "children" or "descendants," but also "type" or "kind," as in Matthew 13:47 or 1 Corinthians 14:10.
The context of these verses as well as Paul's use of the word genos strongly suggest that humans are God's children in more than a symbolic or philosophical sense. Paul's words go beyond saying that people were created by God, but that they are in some way the same type of creature as God is. If we were to see God, Paul tells us in verse 29, we wouldn't see a statue but rather someone very much like ourselves.
- Verse 17:30: Winked at. "Winked at" is translated here from the Greek ὑπεροράωv (hyperoraō) which means to overlook, take no notice of, to not attend to. See Thayer's lexicon.
- Verses 17:30-31. It is interesting to see how Paul deals with what is to the Athenians a new commandment Paul is bringing to them--to leave idolatry and worship the living God. Paul ties the change, i.e. the new commandment "now commandeth all men every where to repent," with the final judgment and Jesus's resurrection. The need to repent is obviously tied to the final judgment. But, in order for the judgment to have a purpose, their must be a resurrection of the judged. And, Paul tells us, we are given assurance of this resurrection of all men by the fact that Jesus resurrected.
- Verses 20:7-10. Paul performs two miracles here. The more obvious one is raising the dead. The less obvious one is his display of complete meekness in immediately embracing someone who had "fallen into a deep sleep" because of his preaching.
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- Verse 16:10. Why does the writer change from the third person to the first person?
- Verse 18:10. What does the Lord mean in verse 10 by "I have much people in this city"? Is he saying that there are a lot of people in the city? Is he referring specifically to his people, the Jews?
- Verse 19:36. What is the town clerk saying in this verse? In verses 26-27, Demetrius said that the temple of Diana was in danger of being despised because of the preaching of Paul in persuading people that there be no gods which are made of hands. Is it correct to say that Demetrius was worried Paul would be very effective and the townclerk was dismissing that, i.e. saying essentially "don't worry we all know that the Ephesians will always worship Diana"?
- Verse 21:8. What are the seven?
- Verses 21:11-14. Where is this prophesy fulfilled? The Roman tribune actually bond Paul- not the Jews... (Acts 21:33)
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- Verse 20:28: God's Own Blood. See Kevin Barney's post at BCC for an in depth textual analysis of the phrase "church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood".
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