From Athens To Corinth

It’s Great To Be Back On Line

I wanted to offer a new post much sooner than this, but when we got on board the cruise ship we learned that internet access would cost 1 euro per minute. One euro is roughly equivalent to $1.35 in American dollars. I just could not afford $1.35 per minute when it takes me an hour or two to finish this online. Anyway, now that we are in Turkey the internet access in the hotel here is free! I have so much to tell you.

From Athens To Corinth

We arose early on Thursday morning to travel by bus from Athens to Corinth. It was about an hour and a half journey by bus. It was very exciting to look up at the road sign which read…

Corinth is just ahead!


Corinth Canal

Before arriving in Corinth we had an interesting stop at the Corinth Canal. This canal (pictured below) was necessary because of the land mass which separated the Ionian Sea from the Aegean Sea. In ancient times, before the canal was built, they would dock the ship at one port and either put the ship on rollers and drag it to the other sea, or they would have to completely unload the ship and drag its contents across land to another ship.

Nero was actually the one who moved the first shovel full of dirt to break the ground to build the canal. However, Nero died shortly thereafter, and the project was abandoned. In fact, it was not built until the years 1881-1893. I took pictures of the canal from both sides.

The Corinth Canal

Pointing toward the Aegean Sea

Pointing toward the Aegean Sea

The canal is very steep and very impressive. There was some construction going on near the canal, as advertised by the following sign…

Would You Do This?

A Visit To AcroCorinth (The Acropolis of Corinth)

The word acropolis is actually a compound of two Greek words. “Acro” refers to the highest or extreme point. The word “polis” is the Greek word for “City.” Hence, the acropolis is the highest point of a city. The most famous Acropolis is probably the one in Athens, where the Parthenon is located. We will examine it later. However the Acropolis at Corinth is also a fascinating site.

A First Look at AcroCorinth

And for a closer look at AcroCorinth…

Note the fortress on top of the mountain

Note the fortress on top of the mountain

The Temple Of Apollo In Ancient Corinth

Near the Acropolis of Corinth is the Temple of Apollo, which dates back to about the mid sixth century B. C. It had been built on the same spot as a previous temple, and was actually rebuilt by Roman colonists. This means that it is absolutely certain that when Paul came to Corinth (Acts 18:1-17) he would have encountered this temple to Apollo, not to mention many other surrounding temples. Today, only seven of the original 38 columns are still standing. The remains of the Temple Of Apollo are pictured below…

Temple Of Apollo In Ancient Corinth

Another prominent temple is the Temple of Octavia located nearby

Another Corinthian temple

Another Corinthian temple

In visiting Corinth, Paul came to know of the Corinthian devotion to temples, and thus he emphasized to the  Corinthian Christians, “ye are the temple of God” (1 Cor. 3:16; 6:19). He wanted them to see God’s temple, the church, as more magnificent than any earthly temple they saw in their midst.

The Corinthian “Agora” (Marketplace)

The term agora means marketplace, and the agora was the centerpiece of city life. It was here that people would come to buy and sell. Because Paul was a tentmaker, like Aquila and Priscilla, with whom he abode (Acts 18:2-3), he was very likely one of those who would sell his goods (tents) in the agora. The ruins of the agora at Ancient Corinth are pictured below.

Ruins Of The Agora of Corinth

The Fountain in the Agora at Corinth

The Fountain in the Agora at Corinth

The Bema (Judgment Seat) In Corinth

In the midst of the Agora of Corinth are the ruins of the Bema (a word meaning judgment seat).

Jews brought Paul to this very place and tried to bring charges against him

Jews brought Paul to this very place and tried to bring charges against him

It was a thrill for me to rehearse the events of Acts 18:1-17, while standing at this spot with the rest of the group. We were reminded of how certain Jews made insurrection against Paul and brought him to the judgment seat. However, Gallio viewed their complaints as a Jewish matter with which he wanted nothing to do. So he drove them away from the judgment seat. They then retrieved Sosthenes, the chief ruler of the synagogue and brought him to the judgment seat and gave him a beating. Gallio looked the other way and remained uninvolved.

I will never again quote Paul’s statement in 2 Corinthians 5:10 without thinking of how he was brought before the judgment seat in the very city of Corinth. He wrote that “we must all be made manifest before the judgment seat of Christ” to give an account of what we have done, whether it be good or bad. How will our appearance before the judgment seat end?

I originally wanted to report on Athens as well, but the hour is late, I am weary and the alarm clock will be ringing in about six hours to start another day. Thanks for reading. I look forward to our next visit.

BJC

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