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“When we came to Rome”

Around A. D. 60, Luke, the "beloved physician" (Col. 4:14), writes, "...and when we came to Rome, the centurion delivered the prisoners to the captain of the guard: but Paul was suffered to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept him" (Acts 28:16).  Paul had long planned and prayed for an opportunity to visit his fellow Christians in Rome (Rom. 1:9-13; 15:23-29).

He had not planned, however,

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Greetings from the Pontine Marshes

Reading Acts 28:13-16 one assumes that once Paul and the Roman centurion guarding him landed at Puteoli* (modern Pozzuoli), they just traveled up the Appian Way toward his audience with "Caesar" in Rome (Acts 25:10-12).  Actually, it was a little more complicated than that.  First, Paul and his fellow travelers had to get to the Appian Way, starting from Puteoli.  Then, there were the Pontine Marshes to

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Greetings from Syracuse and Beyond

After his shipwreck on the shores of Malta, the Apostle Paul remained on that small island for three months, ministering to the father of Publius, "chief man of the island," and many others.  He was then put on an Alexandrian vessel bound for Rome, but touched at Syracuse on the island of Sicily and "tarried there three days" (Acts 28:7-12).

Sicily is characterized by blazing summer heat.  There

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14 Nights to Malta

No, that's not how long it took our tour group to get to Malta.  It's how long it took the Apostle Paul to get there from the island of Crete aboard a storm-tossed Alexandrian wheat ship, ca. A. D. 58.

The account of Paul's voyage to Rome in the book of Acts of the Apostles says:  "But when the fourteenth night was come, as we were driven up

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More Greetings from Italy — well Malta actually…

On our recent Italy/Sicily/Malta tour (April 22-May 3), our primary interest was in sites connected with the Apostle Paul's voyage to Rome (ca. A. D. 58).  But we did it backwards.  We started in Rome and traveled south to Malta.  It was not practical to start our trip in Malta and end it in Rome -- as Paul did -- because of airline schedules and other considerations.

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