Today was a day filled with Greek adventure, so I will see what I can remember and hopefully write it in a fairly concise way! Last night we met the team that is staying here for a couple weeks. They are graduate students from PBAU (a school in FL), and we will be joining them for meals and a few travel days (like today). We had breakfast with them this morning, then got on a charter bus. We saw the canal near Corinth, which is really neat, which connects the mainland (where we are near Athens) to the Peloponnesian Peninsula (where Corinth is).
After this we headed to Old Corinth where we saw ruins from the ancient city where Paul spent some time.
In Acts 18, starting in verse 12, we read that “the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him into court” and later in verse 16 they “had them ejected from the court.”
We saw where this would have happened, called the Bema seat (judgment seat), in old Corinth. We also saw where the synagogue was, and took some neat pictures by the temple of Apollo.
After Corinth we headed to a spot by the sea! I touched my first water along the Greek coastline, at a spot where Paul left Corinth.
Acts 18:18: “Paul stayed on in Corinth for some time. Then he left the brothers and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchrea because of a vow he had taken.”
Cenchrea (also Kenchreai or Kechries) was a port where Paul left from, and some ruins are there, but it mostly looks like a beach now and the retired professor who was describing it to us said that many of the locals don’t know about its history as an ancient port for Corinth. It’s neat to think that we saw the spot Paul left from, and stood in the city he spent more than a year in. The world seems a lot smaller, and Kelsey and I kept saying how it didn’t feel like we were in Greece at times.
After Cenchrea I took a nice long nap as we drove to Epidavros, an ancient site of healing but also home to one of Greek’s best preserved theatres (from the 4th century BC). It has near perfect acoustics, naturally amplifying sound from the center throughout. Our group got yelled at for singing Amazing Grace in the center, but it was worth it 🙂
Then a 2 hour trip back to the college for the night. All in all a great day, but tiring. Back to the books tomorrow!