Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers debated with him. Some of them said, "What is this rag-picker trying to make out?" Others said, "He seems to be preaching some foreign deities." This was because he was telling the good news of Jesus and the resurrection.
When they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and some scribes arguing with them.
After he left the house, the scribes and the Pharisees began to watch him closely and to try to draw him out on many subjects,
But members of the synagogue known as that of the Libyans, Cyreneans, and Alexandrians, and men from Cilicia and Asia undertook to debate with Stephen,
since he has fixed a day on which he will justly judge the world through a man whom he has appointed, and whom he has guaranteed to all men by raising him from the dead."
if the Christ was to suffer and by being the first to rise from the dead was to proclaim the light to our people and to the heathen."
For Christ died and returned to life for the very purpose of being Lord of both the dead and the living.
Where now is your philosopher? Your scribe? Your reasoner of today? Has not God made a fool of the world's wisdom?
Let no one of you deceive himself. If any one of you imagines that he is wiser than the rest of you, in what this world calls wisdom, he had better become a fool, so as to become really wise.
We are made fools of, for the sake of Christ, while you are men of sense, through being united with him. We are weak, you are strong. You are distinguished, we are despised.
For I passed on to you, as of first importance, the account I had received, that Christ died for our sins, as the Scriptures foretold,