HEARING AND KNOWING
Acts 17'11 speaks about some Jews who lived in a town called Berea. And it's not unusual to hear them commended as an example to new Believers for their godly disposition. Because of it some studies for new Believers are called "Berean".
They were members of the Jewish synagogue and they were deeply challenged by Paul's teaching. Using the Old Testament scriptures He showed them that Jesus of Nazareth, who they knew had lived in Israel, was definitely their Messiah, the One prophesied, the Anointed One.
Unlike the Jews who Paul had very recently preached to, their disposition was remarkable:
"These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica
in that they received the word
with all readiness of mind,
and searched the scriptures daily,
whether these things were so,” Acts 17'11.
The point is, they did not reject Paul's teaching out of hand. Their attitude was, first, to simply receive what he said.
Then they searched their Hebrew scriptures, which they would have known well. Because of the importance and the great challenge of his teachings they searched daily.
But the scripture goes on to say:
"Therefore many of them believed and also not a few of the Greeks, prominent women as well as men".
Jesus said more than once: "If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear" (Mark 4:23). These Bereans were willing to hear Him and "stand under" the word of Christ.
Not only Jews. There were Gentiles, men and woman, who witnessed it all and believed. Because of their disposition, all came to know The Truth.