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... to Christianity. Lydia provided Paul with shelter. Paul was eventually imprisoned here but was released. The site of Lydia's baptism is close by and is marked by a baptistry which everyone in this area is baptized in.
The city began to be abandoned in the 7th century AD as a result of strong earthquakes and Slavic raids. It survived as a fort during the Byzantine period but was completely destroyed after the Turkish conquest in ...
... for a synagogue. They met for prayer by the River outside the city, where interested gentiles joined them. Around 49 AD, Paul, Timothy and Silvanus climbed the Roman ‘Via Egnatia’, from the port of Neapolis (today’s Kavala) to Philippi. They met Lydia, a trader in purple dye and a gentile ‘worshipper of God’, with other women gathered at the river for prayer (Acts 16:3 & 14). Lydia and her entire household were baptized. They ...
Departing Meteora, we continued north by road to Beroea where St Paul preached the gospel to the Jews who welcomed the word of God (Acts 17:10-12).
We viewed the ‘hidden churches’, a collection of about 20 Byzantine structures, camouflaged in the form of barns from the invading Moslem Turks.
We then journeyed east to the port city of Kavala (ancient Neapolis), once named "Christoupolis" after being the first ...
... days (Acts 16:12). In verse 12, Philippi is called “the chief city of Macedonia” (KJV) or “the leading city of Macedonia” (ESV/NIV). However, another way to translate the Greek text is, “a city of the first district of Macedonia.” Macedonia was divided into four districts for administrative purposes in 168 B.C. and Philippi was located in the first district. But, Philippi was not its leading city. According to the writings of Pliny the Elder ...
Let some off at the aqueduct, most returning to the hotel. Buying gas for a car along a major street was a bit different.
Back into the hotel by 1600. Checked the emails, chilled, showered and the blog up to date. Out to take a few pix and to get a few items for tomorrow's famous picnic. The Three Stooges [much shorter for the related trio] were also power shopping. Decided to get some olives to go with yesterday's Laughing Cow cheese plus water [1.71]. Saw U/K ...