"What does this babbler wish to say?"

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Senior Member
Dec 13, 2015
Philly, PA, USA
I was taught that the ancient societies in biblical times were well-educated and polite. I keep seeing the well-educated, but keep finding verses in the Bible that clearly demonstrate, they weren't polite. It's pretty funny to see them as uncouth as we are today.

The question in the title shows one of those times. It's from Acts 17:18. Paul got stuck in Athens for a week and found the intellectuals. They couldn't understand what he was talking about, not having grown up in the Jewish culture, so it was very exotic to them. And that's the question that started their conversation with him. Memories of kindred souls asking me what I was talking about, when I was talking about God too. lol

Just wondering, if you've ever found other moments in the Bible when the delusion disappeared into reality like this. When you found people no more polite than they are today -- maybe even less polite than you could imagine.


Senior Member
Aug 13, 2014
Sure, in Acts 26:24. "Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad."