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Journeying – Part 2

We are all on a journey. Each of our journeys have reasons behind them. The Apostle Paul had a reason behind his well-known Missionary Journeys. Christianity, the only religion in the world which places so much significance on places, largely has Paul to thank in its spread. The Apostle Paul has been one of the reasons for us embarking on our Sojourning in 2015. Following on from Part 1, this Tale, Part 2 of 3, focusses on the places in ancient Greece where the Apostle Paul first Trailblazed with the Christian message and which we were privileged to visit.

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Paul’s Missionary Journeys within ancient Greece

White marble, lavish structures and culturally similar civilisations to the world we live in today, ancient Greece never ceased to amaze (click on the pics to view larger images; brown words are clickable links).

 

Kavala (Neapolis in antiquity)

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Philippi

 

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“And when they had inflicted many blows upon them [Paul and Silas], they threw them [Paul and Silas] into prison, ordering the jailer to keep them safely. Having received this order, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks” – Acts 16:23-24 (brackets added)

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Paul would have used the Via Egnatia as he journeyed through ancient Greece in spreading the Christian message.

The letter Paul writes to the church in Philippi, known as Philippians, is as a result of his passing through this Roman outpost.

 

Thessaloniki (Thessalonica in antiquity)

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“Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews” – Acts 17:1

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In referring to his persecution and imprisonment in Philippi earlier, Paul writes in one of his letters to the church in Thessalonica: “But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict” – 1 Thessalonians 2:2

 

Athens

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“Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there. Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens, and after receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed. Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols” – Acts 17:14-16

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“So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are indeed his offspring’” – Acts 17:22-28

 

Corinth

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“After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth” – Acts 18:1

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Paul writes in one of his letters to the church in Corinth:

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While white marble lies in ruins, the Christian message continues to spread…

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