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Athenian Curiosity (Acts 17:21)

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Whereas commentators regularly note that Luke, through Paul, employs ambiguous language at the beginning of his address before the Areopagus in Acts 17, the link between Paul's reference to his audience as δεισιδαιμονεστεροζ in v. 22 and Luke's mention of the Athenians' insatiable curiosity in the preceding verse has gone heretofore unnoticed. This study discusses the popular stereotype of the busybody in Greek and Roman literature and the ways in which it sheds new light on the opening and closing of the speech.


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