Why Apologetics? 8 Verses That Use The Greek Word Apologia

by Mark Goodnight
 
As Christians, we all should be reading the Bible, which is the word of God, on a regular and daily basis. This applies to apologists of all levels as well.

Recently, I was reading the book of Acts (which I’ve read countless times before) when I came to Acts 22:1.

“Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense.”
Acts 22:1

This is Paul’s opening statement to the Jews after they had tried to kill him and he was arrested by the Romans. He asked permission to the speak to the Jews, motioned to them, and there was great silence. And he addressed them in the Hebrew language. (Acts 21). And his opening sentence was

“Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense.”
Acts 22:1

This time that I read this, the word defense jumped out to me. Here Paul is fixing to make his case, to defend himself against the charges that were laid against him:

“Men of Israel, help! This is the man who teaches all men everywhere against the people, the law, and this place; and furthermore he also brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.”
Acts 21:28

So Paul was trying to make his case. And from his opening statement, he was asking them to listen to his defense. The Greek word for defense used in that verse is apologia, which is where we get the word apologetics…
 

 

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