St Paul's steps in Greece - His life in ancient Corinth


Paul spent 18 months in Corinth before the Jews of the city charged him with breaking the law and brought him to be judged before Gallio at the city's place of judgement (the Bema). From Roman sources Gallio was proconsul of Achaia from June 51 to May 52. Standing on this platform, Gallio dismissed the charges against Paul as a dispute of Jewish Law and not of a criminal nature.

In Corinth Paul met Aquila and Priscilla, a Jewish couple recently expelled by Emperor Claudius from Rome. The couple worked as tent makers and since Paul knew the tent maker's job as well, the three of them had a place of business, probably one the small shops that we see in the agora (marketplace). From this location Paul had the opportunity to speak and preach to customers and passers-by of the resurrection of Christ. According to Acts, Paul spent each Sabbath trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.

In 1929 an inscription was found on a street in Corinth mentioning Erastus as the person who paid for the paving of the street in return for his appointment as a city officer. It is very likely that this is the same Erastus mentioned by Paul (Rom 16:23). Paul's influence apparently extended to wealthy and influential Roman citizens of Corinth.

Paul left from Corinth for Ephessus, from the port of Cenchrea taking with him Aquila and Priscilla, and before he left he had his hair cut here because of a vow. He concluded his 18-month stay in Corinth (2nd journey; Acts 18:18)

Back to the morning tour to ancient Corinth