Paul's Time
in Corinth
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to Corinth
Meat Market
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Military Statue
Clay Jars
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in Corinth
Asklepius Offering
Temple to Octavian

The content on this website is maintained by Robert Myallis, pastor at Zion's Lutheran Church, of Jonestown, PA. 

The photos were taken by Emily Myallis, a diaconal minister in the ELCA who also serves at Zion's Lutheran. 

This website and travel to Greece was made possible by a grant from the Fund for Theological Education, which provides grants to assist the education and formation of Christian  leaders from numerous denominations.

Bible quotes are taken from the New Revised Standard Version, unless cites otherwise.

The above photo of Greece comes from NASA; The icon of Saint Paul comes from George Mitrevski's website




The city of Corinth had two port cities on each side of the isthmus (a thin strip of land separating two bodies of water). The eastern port was called Cenchreae. The remains of the walls in this picture come from early centers of worship at the port. The Christian community also built a church at this port.

How is Cenchreae significant for understanding the world of Saint Paul?

The Bible mentions Cenchreae twice in connection with Paul.

In the middle of Acts:

After staying there for a considerable time, Paul said farewell to the believers1 and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had his hair cut, for he was under a vow (Chapter 18:18).

And at the end of Romans:

I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church at Cenchreae, so that you may welcome her in the Lord as is fitting for the saints, and help her in whatever she may require from you, for she has been a benefactor of many and of myself as well (Chapter 16:1-2).

Cenchreae, the actual port of Corinth, is one of the earliest Christian centers of worship.  The location of the church at the port shows how trade helped spread Christianity. Furthermore, both mentions in the Bible in relation to Cenchreae include women, one of whom is a benefactor of the church. In the early church, women clearly played a strong role.

info on Cenchreae:  Placard at site, July 2007.