Friday, December 7, 2012

St. Paul in Berea

Walking around the Macedonian city of Berea, we came across numerous mosaics and statues dedicated to St. Paul's visit to the city in order to Christianize the local population. His visit is documented in the Acts of the Apostles Chapter 17: 

10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
12 Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.
13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people.
14 And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.
15 And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens: and receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed, they departed.

We observe here that St. Paul, together with his small group, where persecuted during there tour around Greece, leaving Thessaloniki, moving to Berea and ending up in Athens. Nevertheless, this brief stop in Bera left its mark on this small Macedonian city. 

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