And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is?
1. “And they took him, and brought him unto Areopagus…”
a. took [1949 * epilambano; epi-upon; lambano-to take hold of, apprehend, with the hand.] To lay hold of in order to hold or detain.
b. St. Paul, the Traveller and Roman Citizen, William Ramsay. “…the tone of the opinions expressed in v. 18 is not one of philosophic interest and careful discussion, but of contempt, dislike, and jealously…the language shows clearly that Paul was brought before the Council and not simply conducted to the Hill…”
c. 1 Corinthians 1:18-23 “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;”
1). wise [4680 * sophos] [Zodhiates: “In Classical Greek it not only described respected philosophers and other truly learned men but was also appropriated by vain quibblers and rhetor iticians…”]
2). The use of the word “wise” here is not a compliment. Here the proponents of the wisdom of the world are described in the end as proponents of foolishness, when compared with the wisdom of God.
3). When an individual describes the writer of 2/3 of the New Testament as a “babbler”, he has to be a fool.
d. Areopagus [697 * Areios Pagos] [Zodhiates: Areopagus or Mars Hill, a hill in Athens with an open place where the Court of the Areopagus sat. This was the supreme tribunal of justice instituted by Solon. Today the Supreme Court of Greece is called Areios Pagos.]
2. “…saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof thou speakest, is?”
a. Zodhiates: “Although this tribunal did indeed take notice of religious matters, it does not appear that Paul was carried to the place of their assembly in order to undergo a formal trial, but only to satisfy the curiosity of those who wanted to inquire about that strange doctrine he taught.”