); but whilst the Apostle’s words were raised above any such special polemic, yet he may well have had in mind the characteristic pride of his hearers, whilst asserting a truth which cut at the root of all national pride engendered by polytheism on the one hand, by a belief in a god of this nation or of that, or of a philosophic pride engendered by a hard Stoicism on the other. He asserts the unity of the living nature (for “the blood is the life”) of men. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Acts 17:26". "Commentary on Acts 17:26". Of course, they were stunned and disgusted at the irreconcilably unphilosophical doctrine of the resurrection. At various times, up to 36 of them were in the city. It must take a lot of nerve (or unbelief) on the part of certain professed Christians, to assert that the early chapters of Genesis are mythical. Made of one blood—The apostle does not here explicitly declare that all men have descended from one pair of parents; though, in the opinion of the best philosophers, he states a fact which implies it. horizo. And hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation. protasso. "Commentary on Acts 17:26". But DEde and both Syr. It is more than likely that the church was organized and the edifice built in some after age and named for Dionysius, the Pauline convert, as there were no church edifices built in the Apostolic churches until A. D. 150. "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/acts-17.html. They justify all that the wise of heart have said as to the “manifold wisdom of God,” as seen in history and in the education of mankind. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/acts-17.html. Acts 17:26-27. The apostle declared: https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jab/acts-17.html. The policy of popular churches in educating heathens before they convert them is wrong, as educated people are only the more difficult to save. ὁρίσας προστεταγμένους καιρούς, having determined their appointed seasons. The great majority of manuscripts and version, with most of the Greek fathers, have the word "blood" as in the Received Text: and as it is not likely to have been inserted if not genuine, we cannot doubt it is the true reading.]. The true policy is to go for nothing but salvation, until you get them saved, and educate them afterward. 1999-2014. one blood. Holding, with the Old Testament teaching, that in the blood is the life (Genesis 9:4; Leviticus 17:11; Deuteronomy 12:23), the apostle (says Baumgarten) sees this life-stream of the whole human race to be one, flowing from one course. Acts 21:17-26. Paul agrees with the Genesis record that from Adam and Eve, this pair, all the nations of the earth have sprung. "Commentary on Acts 17:26". Acts 17:26 – The Family of Man By Wayne Jackson. The previous verses had given what we may venture to call St. Paul’s Philosophy of Religion. 2. By this expression the apostle shewed them, in the most unaffected manner, that though he was a Jew, he was not enslaved to any narrow views, but looked on all mankind in one sense as his brethren. He has preconstructed for his race a scheme and a history, with predetermined periods of time and boundaries in space. This accounts for Paul’s failure at Athens, not making converts enough to organize a church. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/acts-17.html. Acts 17:26 Translation & Meaning. Acts 17:26 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Acts 17:26, NIV: "From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands." The apostle declared: "Commentary on Acts 17:26". The belief that all peoples sprang from one common ancestor Paul knew would do much to eradicate the notion that there were ‘many Gods,’—would assist much in the reception of the great truth of the ‘Fatherhood of God.’ Besides this, Paul probably had in his mind the prejudice with which these haughty Greeks viewed him as a Barbarian Hebrew, a member of a despised oriental race.