Dionysius and Damaris
Acts 17:34 “Some of the people became followers of Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus, also a woman named Damaris, and a number of others.”
They were worthy of a mention! Dionysius and Damaris were prominent people amongst a number who decided to believe the resurrection of Jesus and become followers. Today we do not know anything really about these 2 people only that Luke mentions them. Some say Dionysius became the first bishop of Athens and later died a martyr. Was it him? Of course we do not really know. Damaris was made a Catholic saint, Saint Damaris of Athens. Of course Luke doesn’t mention her because of this!
So who were they?
I cannot give any revelation other than this.
- They were prominent people. Dionysius was a member of the Areopagus. Damaris was a woman and probably of wealth to have been permitted within the Areopagus.
- They were both obviously influential people of their society.
- When others scoffed at the gospel they didn’t.
- When others said they would like to hear Paul again, they said we have heard enough and are convinced.
- When their culture said there were a plethora of gods and goddesses to worship, they were counter cultural believing in the unknown God having sent Jesus to die and be raised to life.
That is perhaps all that we know and perhaps that is enough.
May more Dionysius and Damaris people come to follow Jesus.