unknown god, an

unknown god, an

A designation referred to in an inscription on an altar seen by Paul in Athens (Acts 17:23), which he then used as the basis for his Areopagus (or Mars Hill) sermon (Acts 17:22-31). It was apparently a custom in the ancient world for altars to be dedicated to “unknown gods,” lest one be forgotten and thus insulted. Such inscriptions have been found, but only in the plural, “gods.”

Acts 17:23

23For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ Wha ... View more

Acts 17:22-31

22Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way.23For as I went through the city and looked ... View more

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