Publication Date

Winter 11-23-2008


School of Religion


Religion: Biblical Studies

Primary Subject Area

Religion, Biblical Studies; Religion, General


gospel, evangelization, contextualization, areopagus, kerygma, Paul, Acts


International and Area Studies | International and Intercultural Communication | Religion Law | Sociology of Culture | Speech and Rhetorical Studies


The following thesis is an analysis on Paul’s presentation of the gospel to the Areopagus as recorded in Acts 17:22-31. The reasons behind his drastic permutation of the kerygma will be scrutinized by studying the exposition of the main components of the speech in parallel with an analysis of his audience. The objective of the thesis is to investigate the Apostle’s consistency with the orthodox kerygma as well as his interaction with the Gentile listeners. In conclusion, consequences for a relevant gospel presentation today will be proposed in light of Paul’s homily to the Areopagite Council.


The thesis is an investigative study on why Paul changed his gospel presentation from his usual proclamation to an explanation of who God (Yahweh) is and how He works.