Following the Apostle Paul

Athens, Corinth and Ephesus

Ever read the book 1 and 2 Corinthians in the Bible?  How about Ephesians?  Paul wrote these books to ancient churches in their respective towns.

While in Greece, I had the marvelous opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Paul and visit the very places he visited, taught, and wrote to.  Seeing these places brought them to life because I have been intently studying these books the last few years.  For this post, I have nothing profound to write, I would just like to share some pictures of the places we visited.

Corinth

The following three pictures are from Corinth (Greek: Κόρινθος).  The top is of the temple of Apollo in the center of the ancient city.

The photograph below shows a picture of high Corinth, a fortress high on a rock that overlooked the entire countryside.

Mars Hill in Athens

Mars Hill, also known as the “Aeropagus” (Greek:  Άρειος Πάγος) is near the Acropolis in Athens.  When Paul visited Athens as outlined in Acts 17, this is where he presented the gospel to some of the greatest thinkers of the time.

We read Acts 17 out loud as the sun went down over the city of Athens.

Below: View of the Acropolis from Mars Hill.

Ephesus

We packed up our bags and headed over to Turkey to visit the ancient city of Ephesus (Greek: Ἔφεσος).  I didn’t know that at one time, Ephesus was the 2nd largest city in the world.  The remains of this city were vast and were even more impressive those of Corinth.    Below is a picture of their library, which held 12,000 scrolls.

Example of classic Greek and Roman architecture

This is the stadium in where Paul met great opposition from the local craftsmen who riled up the townspeople against him (Acts 19).  In front of it is part of a gladiator graveyard.

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About chriskaspar

Music, Art, Jesus; These are things I love!
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