Monday, May 10, 2010

Acts 18:1-4

In Corinth

1After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.

2There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them,

3and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them.

4Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.

Paul 's 2nd Missionary Journey
A little background
about Corinth
according to my commentary

Corinth was only about 40 miles to the west of Athens, but their cultures were very different. Athens was a small university town; Corinth was one of the commercial centers of the WORLD. Ahtenians were intrigued with the intellect; Corinthians were fascinated with the flesh. Athenians claimed to search for truth; Corinthians unashamedly pursued pleasure. Paul later on writes a series of letters to the Corinthians dealing in part with the problems of immorality.

Paul met up with Aquilla and Priscilla and joined them in their trade of tentmaking. Tents were made of woven cloth of goats hair and used to house soldiers. Paul was gifted with many talents, but to be a tentmaker he could be led by God to go anywhere and carry his livelihood with him.

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