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CHAPTER EIGHT

 

JOURNEY TO ROME

 

FROM CAESAREA TO SIDON

In charge of the Prisoners: Julius - Centurion of the Augustan Cohort - Ac 27:1

 


 

Ship of Adramyttium

Ac 27:1-2 Two Friends: follow Paul

Luke and Aristarchus, when they travelled with St. Paul to Rome, must have voluntarily passed as his servants, i.e. as slaves, in order to be admitted to the convoy.

Aristarchus

from Thessalonica of Macedonia


1) Who had faced the mob in Ephesus – Ac 19:29
2) Who had returned with Paul to Asia - Ac 20:4
3) Later described as Paul's "fellow prisoner" and "fellow laborer" - Co 4:10; Phe 24

He was a native of Thessalonika in Macedonia.
After becoming a disciple of St. Paul, Aristarchus traveled with him and was imprisoned with him at Ephesus.
He became the first bishop of Thessalonika
and was beheaded with St. Paul in Rome.

Luke

                                                        


the writer of the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles,

"Luke, the beloved physician" (Col 4:14). Eusebius, Jerome, Irenaeus and Caius, all refer to Luke as a physician.


It is believed that Luke was born a Greek and a Gentile. Colossians 10-14
Luke was born at Antioch in Syria (Eusebius) as a slave.

Act 16:10 on "they" becomes "we": "

Paul in the storm

                                                  

FROM SIDON TO MYRA

They stayed along the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia until they landed at Myra on the southwestern coast of Asia Minor. This leg of the voyage probably took 10 to 15 days...

  

Lycian rock tombs at Myra.

Church of St. Nicholas in Demre, just southeast of Myra.

MYRA TO FAIR HAVENS, CRETE

(Act 27:7-8) We sailed slowly for a number of days, and arrived with difficulty off Cni'dus, and as the wind did not allow us to go on, we sailed under the lee of Crete off Salmo'ne. Coasting along it with difficulty, we came to a place called Fair Havens, near which was the city of Lase'a.

 

The sheltered harbor at Fair Havens (now called Kali Liménes) midway along the southern coast of the island of Crete. Paul's ship anchored here before attempting to sail farther west to Phoenix.

                                         

 

Remains of the theater at Górtys, the Roman capital of Crete at the time of Paul, near Lasea.

                                     

Mt. Ida, the highest mountain range on Crete; its principle peak, Mt. Psiloritis, rises to a height of 8058 feet above sea level.

Fair Havens in Crete

                                       

 

One of the small bays along the southern coast of Crete Paul's ship would have passed on its way to Fair Havens.

 

 

Zakros Bay, south of Salmone. Paul's ship would have passed by this area as it made its way to the southern coast of Crete.

 

Modern village of Loutró, Crete, site of ancient Phoenix, the sheltered harbor Paul' ship was attempting to reach before hurricane-force winds blew it off course.

 

 

Modern village of Loutró, Crete, site of ancient Phoenix, the sheltered harbor Paul' ship was attempting to reach before hurricane-force winds blew it off course

 

 

The bay on the northern end of the island of Malta where Paul is believed to have been shipwrecked; now named St. Paul's Bay in his honor.

 

 

 

St. Paul's Bay

 

 

Paul's Shipwreck Church on the island of Malta.

 

St. Paul's Cathedral, Mdina

 

 

St. John's Co-Cathedral, Valletta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

        

 

 


 

 

 

A Poisonous Viper Bites Paul,
and he does not Die

 

Act 28:6 –7  They waited, expecting him to swell up or suddenly fall down dead; but when they had waited a long time and saw no misfortune come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god. 

Paul Heals the Father of Publius,the Head of Malta

 

Act 28:8 It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery; and Paul visited him and prayed, and putting his hands on him healed him

The Apostle's stay in Malta lasted three months, and it had filled the Maltese with great faith and devotion soon, shrines began to rise everywhere, idols were broken or, at least, beheaded, and the new religion was practised freely in the Islands. It is no exaggeration to say that St. Paul's coming to Malta was the greatest event in Maltese history

MALTA TO SYRACUSE

 

Greek theater at Syracuse.

 

Roman amphitheater at Syracuse.

 

                     

Great amphitheater of ancient Puteoli (modern Pozzouli, Italy), the main port of Rome at the time of Paul

                                       

 

Great amphitheater of ancient Puteoli (modern Pozzouli, Italy), the main port of Rome at the time of Paul

 

 

 

One of Rome's original seven highways, the Via Appia or Appian Way ran a total of 350 miles.

 

Close-up view of paving stones of the Via Appia showing wheel ruts from carts.

 

Remnant of the 4th century BC Severian Wall.

 

Remnant of the Claudia aqueduct

 

Scriptures: See Acts 21:18 - Acts 28

A.D. 58

Paul is arrested in Jerusalem and goes to Caesarea.
He is sent to Felix, Roman Procurator of Judea.

A.D. 59

•1 Paul is in Caesarea.

•2 Roman Emperor Nero murders Agrippina.

A.D. 60

•1 Felix is recalled as Procurator of Judea and is succeeded by Festus.

•2 In the Autumn (about August) Paul is sent to Rome by Festus.

A.D. 61

Paul arrives in Rome in the Spring.
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