Some scholars have a problem believing Paul ever intended to visit Jerusalem when he left Corinth, because neither he nor Luke mentions that intention. I love to study scholarly reviews of the text, and see the things that they see, because my eyes are simply not trained to pick these things out. But, I almost pity them in their search of exactitudes that will permit them to believe this or that about the text. Read the rest of this entry »
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Awhile ago I had written a blog concerning Paul’s vow, and it can be found HERE. Paul’s vow and his second recorded missionary journey end about the same time. After leaving Corinth with a brief visit to the synagogue at Ephesus in the province of Asia (Acts 18:19), Paul sailed off to Caesarea and went up (to Jerusalem) to report to the church there and offer the appropriate sacrifices pertaining to his vow (Acts 18:21-22; cp. 21:17-19 and 23-24, 26-27). Read the rest of this entry »
It is difficult at times to know what to include in my blog to make it informative, on the one hand, but not adding so much information that I leave more questions in the end than answers. Therefore, before bringing Paul’s second missionary journey to an end, I would like to address certain questions, concerning both Luke and what occurs in Corinth involving Gallio’s court and Sosthenes, the synagogue ruler. Read the rest of this entry »
If my understanding of the time of Paul’s journeys is correct, Paul arrived in Corinth either late summer or near the beginning of autumn in 51 CE. Some scholars place Paul’s appearance before Gallio’s court near the end of his term as proconsul of Achaia, but I think Luke’s “remained many days longer” (NASB) in verse-18 should be seen in light of his “he settled there a year and six months” (NASB) in verse-11. In other words, Paul probably appeared before Gallio nearer to his arrival at Corinth than his departure. Read the rest of this entry »
Paul’s stay in Corinth was not to be like his ministries cut short in Philippi, Thessalonica and Beroea. No, in Corinth it would be much different than how Paul had come to expect in his ministry in Europe; he would remain here until he was satisfied with his labor and leave on his own terms. But, how could Paul know this? Once trouble broke out, it had been his manner to leave, so that he would not bring the wrath of the enemy upon the new and emerging church of God. Paul was made aware of what to expect through a vision from the Lord. Read the rest of this entry »
Luke tells us in Acts 18:9-10 that Paul received a vision from the Lord, telling him that he had many people (laos – G2992) in Corinth. The people of God is one of the phrases, pointing to the main theme of the Kingdom of God, which Luke uses in his narrative, and what he means is that God has entered human history to take out a people for his name, and this included both Jews (Acts 13:17) and gentiles (Acts 15:14), whom Paul insists would become one people (Galatian 3:28; Colossians 3:11; cp Ephesians 2:12-15). Luke refers to the people of God only after Paul breaks off fellowship with the synagogue (Acts 18:10; cp. verses-6-7). Read the rest of this entry »
We almost forget that Paul was led to Europe by a vision (Acts 16:9-10), for he was either asked to leave or expelled from the first three cities in which he preached, and as a result he wasn’t able to spend as much time as he would have liked in any one of them. While in Athens he despaired over the trouble he knew some of the believers were in, especially those in Thessalonica and sent both Silas and Timothy back to the new churches to encourage the brethren, and to help them in any way they could (1Thessalonians 3:1-2). Read the rest of this entry »
After Paul left Athens he came to Corinth, and as was his manner, he began to share Christ with his Jewish brethren in the local synagogue (Acts 18:4). This may also have been how he actually met Aquila and Priscilla, because Jesus told his disciples that when they entered a city to first inquire who in that city was hospitable enough to house guests and stay there (cp. Matthew 10:11). What better place could there be for a Jew to find hospitable Jews than the local synagogue? Archeology has uncovered in Corinth a partial inscription in Greek on a lintel, which is believed to have read (when complete) Synagogue of the Hebrews. Its writing indicates a later structure, but the synagogue over whose doorway this lintel was placed may have stood upon the same foundation of that in which Paul preached. Read the rest of this entry »
The city of Corinth was little more than 100 years old when Paul visited there. The original city had been destroyed in a revolt against Rome in 146 BCE, but rebuilt about a century later by Julius Caesar in 44 BCE. It was one of the greatest commercial centers in the Empire, being situated along a small 3 ½ mile isthmus connecting the northern and southern Grecian mainland, as well as being a valuable naval center for ships on the Adriatic Sea traveling east to the Aegean Sea and then eastward through the Mediterranean Sea or northward to the Black Sea. It was to this busy international commercial center that Paul came from Athens, a journey of about 37 miles, to preach the Gospel. Read the rest of this entry »
What had begun as a questionable operation with Paul and Barnabas splitting up (Acts 15:36-39), turned out to be a very profitable work for the Lord. Paul took Silas with him to Galatia where he encouraged and strengthened the brethren who had been the victims of a subversive operation by the party of the circumcision out of Jerusalem. It was here that Paul met Timothy, part of the firstfruits of his 1st missionary journey (Acts 16:1-3). Timothy joined Paul and Silas as they departed Galatia, intending to take the Gospel to the province of Asia. Nevertheless, God had other plans and through a vision (Acts 16:9), Paul and company travelled through Asia to Troas and set sail across the Aegean Sea to bring the Gospel to Macedonia. Read the rest of this entry »
The city of Corinth is part of an isthmus about 5 miles wide, which had two harbors. Its western harbor, Lechea, was on the western side of the Grecian peninsula and faced the Adriatic Sea, while its eastern seaport, Cenchrea, faced the Aegean Sea on the eastern side of the peninsula, where the church at Corinth was founded (Romans 16:1). We are told in Acts 18:18 that Paul shaved his head at Cenchrea, because he had a vow, but what was Paul’s vow? The text doesn’t say, but I think we can gain some insight, if we consider what happened to Paul during his visit to the Roman province of Achaia. Read the rest of this entry »
As was usually the case in other cities, after Paul had preached Christ to the Jews in the synagogue at Corinth, the Jews expressed their contempt for what he preached (Acts 18:6), so Paul left them and joined himself with those Jewish and gentile brethren he was able to reach while preaching Christ each Sabbath at the synagogue (Acts 18:7-8).
Paul had a vision at Corinth (Acts 18:9-10) whereby Jesus encouraged him to continue preaching, for, not only would no harm come to him, but God had chosen many people in that city. Therefore, Paul remained there reasoning and persuading others for 1 ½ years about those things that pertain to Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection and what this means in terms of good news (the Gospel) to mankind (Acts 18:11). Paul was also encouraged with the arrival of Silas and Timothy who brought word of the faithfulness of the brethren at Thessalonica (1Thessalonians 3:6-10), and it was during his stay here in Corinth that he wrote his first letter to them. Read the rest of this entry »
We now come to chapter 18 in Acts. Paul left Athens to come to Corinth (Acts 18:1). Both cities were part of the Roman province of Achaia, connected by a land bridge in the southern peninsula of mainland Greece. It is here that he met Aquilia and Priscilla, two Jewish Christians who would become his friends. They are often mentioned in connection with Paul in some way. It seems they share a common trade, for Paul and they were tentmakers, so it was convenient for them to stay together.
Aquilia and Priscilla were among the Jews who were expelled from Rome by Claudius Caesar (Acts 18:2). Claudius was poisoned in 54 CE, so this would put Paul in Corinth with his new friends at about 52-53 CE. The reason for the Jewish expulsion is mentioned in the history of Suetonius as due to a quarrel or sedition in the Jewish sector of Rome over one called ‘Chrestus.’ It is not surprising that Suetonius would not be familiar with the Jew’s religion, so who he calls Chrestus is probably Christ. Wherever Christ was mentioned in the 1st century among the Jews of the Diaspora, a conspicuous quarrel often developed, usually involving the local magistrates. So, there is little doubt Aquilia and Priscilla had recently arrived in Corinth due to Claudius’ expulsion of the Jews in Rome over quarrels among the Jews over Jesus being the Christ (Messiah). Read the rest of this entry »