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Commentary on The Acts of the Apostles

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14.1–28 : Ministry in the Iconium region and return to Antioch.

1 :

In spite of the announcement of 13.46 , Paul and Barnabas again start at the Jewish synagogue.

2 :

13.50n.

4 :

The Gk word apostles is used of Paul and Barnabas in Acts only here and in v. 14 . Since the term otherwise is limited to the twelve, here the meaning may be “apostles (i.e., emissaries) of the church of Antioch,” the church that sent them ( 13.2–3 ).

6 :

Lystra, according to 16.1 the home of Timothy, was a Roman colony 40 km (24 mi) south‐southwest of Iconium. Derbe, another town in Lycaonia 96 km (60 mi) southeast of Lystra.

7 :

In Acts persecution always leads to new opportunities.

8–18 :

Cf. 3.1–8 . In this and other episodes in Acts Paul replicates the experiences of Peter.

11–12 :

According to a myth of this region, the gods Zeus and Hermes visited Baucis and Philemon in human form and rewarded their hospitality (Ovid, Metamor‐phoses, 8.618–724 ). Paul, the chief speaker, was hailed as the messenger of the gods, not the chief god.

14 :

Tore their clothes, a sign of horror and dismay at what they looked upon as blasphemy (cf. Mk 14.63 ).

15–17 :

Cf. 17.22–31; 1 Thess 1.9–10. Paul (v. 15 ), like Peter ( 10.26 ), rejects worship of himself.

19 :

13.50n. Paul tells of receiving a stoning in 2 Cor 11.25; see 2 Tim 3.11 .

20 :

Perhaps a miraculous recovery.

23 :

In Acts, Paul's churches are ruled by elders (cf. 20.17 ). Their presence may reflect conditions in Luke's day read back into the earlier period (see 15.2n. ). The word is not used in Paul's letters (but see 1 Timothy and Titus). See 11.30n.

25 :

Attalia, the seaport of Perga ( 13.13n. ).

26 :

Antioch, their starting point for the work ( 13.2 ) now completed.

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