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The Apostle Paul in Corinth

18 When Paul left Athens he traveled to Corinth,[a] where he met a Jewish man named Aquila, who was originally from northeastern Turkey.[b] He and his wife, Priscilla, had recently emigrated from Italy to Corinth because Emperor Claudius had expelled all the Jews from Rome. Since Paul and Aquila were both tentmakers[c] by trade, Paul moved in with them and they became business partners.

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  1. Acts 18:1 Corinth is about forty-eight miles (seventy-eight kilometers) from Athens. It was a large commercial center with trade links all over the entire ancient world. It was the home of the famous Isthmian Games and the temple of Aphrodite, which held a thousand temple prostitutes. Corinth was known for its debauchery. In the midst of a depraved culture, God birthed a church to become light to the people of their city.
  2. Acts 18:2 Or “Pontus,” a Roman province in northeastern Asia Minor (Turkey).
  3. Acts 18:3 The Aramaic can also mean “saddle makers.”