Acts 17:12

ESV Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men.
NIV As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.
NASB Therefore, many of them believed, along with a significant number of prominent Greek women and men.
CSB Consequently, many of them believed, including a number of the prominent Greek women as well as men.
NLT As a result, many Jews believed, as did many of the prominent Greek women and men.
KJV Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.

What does Acts 17:12 mean?

Paul and Silas are in Berea, a city filled with exceptionally thoughtful people. Instead of responding to the message about Jesus with jealousy, they study the Scriptures to see if Paul's message is true. Do the Jewish prophets say the Messiah would have to die and rise again? What happened at the crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth? Is Jesus the Messiah? After daily study, a large number determine yes, Jesus is the Messiah and He offers salvation and forgiveness of sins (Acts 17:10–11).

In the history of the early church—as in the experience of the modern church—women were very important. Women in Macedonia enjoyed an unusual degree of freedom. The church in Philippi thrived in part because of Lydia—the first convert to Christianity in Europe (Acts 16:13–15). The "women of high standing" in Pisidian Antioch fell victim to the jealous Jews and worked to expel Barnabas and Paul (Acts 13:50). But the women in Berea follow the more thoughtful Jews into following Christ.

We only have two of Paul's sermons: one before the Stoics and Epicureans in Athens (Acts 17:22–31) and one in the synagogue in Pisidian Antioch (Acts 13:16–41). Since the message in Athens is an outlier, we can assume that the message in Antioch is typical of Paul's speeches in the synagogues. His message doesn't change. In each synagogue are Jews as well as Gentiles who follow the Jewish God. His audience demographics don't change. Who will accept Paul's message and who won't is dependent on if a person will value Jesus' offer of salvation over personal ease and influence. Many are willing to make this sacrifice. Those who aren't generally fall under two categories: Jews who are jealous because Paul is taking away their position in society (Matthew 27:18; Acts 13:45; 17:5) and Gentiles who have money to lose (Acts 16:19; 19:23–27).
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