In the Footsteps of Saint Paul
Saint Paul in Athens
The Acts of the Apostles (17.9-17)
Greek text on papyrus c.AD 250 Egypt
CB BP I (P45) f.30r
The Acts of the Apostles
The book known as the Acts of the Apostles was written around AD 80 and is the fifth book of the New Testament. It was possibly written as a companion volume to the Gospel of Luke. Although traditionally identified with Luke, the authorship of the book is unclear and like other works in the New Testament, the title was only assigned in later copies of the text. The text recounts the early years of Christianity in Jerusalem and its eventual arrival in Rome.
'… In Athens while Paul was waiting for them, his spirit within him was agitated, observing how the city was full of idols. And so he debated in the synagogue with the Jews and the worshippers, and in the market place...' Acts, 17:16-17