Who were the Bereans?
[Acts 17:10-15, NASB] The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so. Therefore many of them believed, along with a number of prominent Greek women and men. But when the Jews of Thessalonica found out that the word of God had been proclaimed by Paul in Berea also, they came there as well, agitating and stirring up the crowds. Then immediately the brethren sent Paul out to go as far as the sea; and Silas and Timothy remained there. Now those who escorted Paul brought him as far as Athens; and receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they left.
Many ministries have infused into their name the word ‘Berean’ in order to convey a personality of one “noble-minded” and erudite. But exactly who were the Bereans?
During Paul’s second missionary journey (from Antioch to Cilicia), Paul encountered the Jews in the city of Berea (or Beroea), a city now named Veria in Macedonia, Greece north of Mount Olympus. The inhabitants were a welcoming contrast to his preceding interaction with the Jews in Thesselonica who drove him out in mobs. Luke records the encounter in Acts 17, describing the Bereans “more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica” because they objectively listened to what Paul had to say of the Christ and the salvation of mankind that could only come from Him to those who believe. They compared his assertions to the Old Testament Scriptures they had at the time to see if they were so. At the end of three weeks of Paul preaching in the synagogue, many of the Jews believed him, and also a number of prominent Greek men and women.
The aim of our charge is love that issues from
a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.
[1 Timothy 1:5]
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