Acts 17:11

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These Jews were more receptive than those in Thessalonica, for they welcomed the message very eagerly and examined the scriptures every day to see whether these things were so.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

John Thomas on "a Berean spirit" with respect to Scripture:

"Ο that men could be induced now to devote themselves to the study of the scriptures without regard to articles, creeds, confessions, and traditions! These things are mere rubbish; monuments of the presumption and folly of former generations indoctrinated with the wisdom from beneath. If a Berean spirit could be infused into them; if they could be persuaded to "search the scriptures daily" (Acts 17:11-12) for the truth as for hid treasure; they would soon leave their spiritual guides alone in all their glory of mysticism and patristic lore; and rejoice in the liberty of that truth which can alone make men "free indeed."

John Thomas, Elpis Israel p.203

Bro Roger Evans uses the contrast between these Thessalonian and Berean "spirits" to explain why people approaching the Creation with preconceptions are doomed to miss Multiple and integrated evidences of geology regarding the age and prehistory of Earth.

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