From today’s reading...
So Paul stayed there preaching the word of God among them for eighteen months.” Acts 18:11
Paul preached for roughly 33 years after the death and resurrection of Jesus, so 18 months in Corinth represented 5% of his total preaching time.
Heck, we have celebrities impregnating two and three baby mommas in an 18-month period today, so we’re talking about a meaningful time investment by Paul.
Why did Corinth warrant so much of Paul’s time?
- Strategic Location: Corinth was strategically located on the isthmus that connected mainland Greece with the Peloponnese peninsula. This made it a vital commercial and transportation hub, as it provided a shortcut for ships traveling between the Adriatic Sea and the Aegean Sea. The city’s location facilitated trade and brought a diverse mix of people and cultures together.
- Cosmopolitan Environment: Corinth was a cosmopolitan city with a diverse population. It attracted merchants, sailors, travelers, and people from various backgrounds, including Greeks, Romans, Jews, and other cultures. This diverse environment created a vibrant and dynamic society.
- Wealth and Prosperity: Corinth was known for its wealth and prosperity. It was a center of trade, renowned for its commerce, manufacturing, and agricultural activities. The city’s wealth contributed to its influence and cultural significance in the region.
- Challenges and Moral Issues: Corinth was also known for its moral challenges and cultural influences that posed particular difficulties for early Christians. The city had a reputation for its immorality, including temple prostitution and pagan practices. Paul addresses some of these challenges in his writings, providing guidance and exhortations to the Corinthian Christians.
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