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Paul on his second missionary journey (about 50-52 AD) traveled to Athens. Luke in the Book of Acts (17:16-17) writes, "While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there." (NIV)


Columns in Athens

Acts 17:22-23 states, "Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus (Mar's Hill) and said: "Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you" (NIV). Mar's Hill below.

Mars Hill

View form Mar's Hill overlooking Athens.

From Mars Hill to Athens

There are many temples in Athens. Below is the Temple of Zeus who was the head of the Greek pantheon of gods. 

Temple of Zeus

Looking up at a Greek Column

Temple in Athens

Close up of Temple

The most famous Temple is the Parthenon, the temple to Athena on the top of the Acropolis, 300 feet above the city of Athens. 

Temple Ruins 


Ruins in Corinth

Acts 18:1-9 states, "After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he met a Jew named Aquila....with his wife Priscilla....Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks."(NIV)

Columns at Corinth

Acts 18:9-11 says, "One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision. Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city. So Paul stayed for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God" (NIV). The largest temple in Corinth was on top of the mountain dedicated to Aphrodite, the goddess of love. There were many temple prostitutes there. There were many moral problems in Corinth, and in the church there as seen in Paul's letter to the Corinthians. 

Ruins at Corinth

Ruins at Corinth

Acts 18:12-16 states, "While Gallio (brother of philosopher Seneca who tutored Nero) was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and him into court (Bema seat)...Gallio said to the Jews...settle the matter yourselves." (NIV). 


Acts 18:18 says, "Paul stayed on in Corinth for some time. Then he left the brothers and sailed for Syria." (NIV) Below is a view of Greece from the air. 

Greece from the air