Philippi (Acts 16:12)

“From there,

We went

To Philippi,

The leading city

Of the district

Of Macedonia,

A Roman colony.

We remained

In this city

Some days.”

κἀκεῖθεν εἰς Φιλίππους, ἥτις ἐστὶν πρώτη τῆς μερίδος Μακεδονίας πόλις, κολωνία. Ἦμεν δὲ ἐν ταύτῃ τῇ πόλει διατρίβοντες ἡμέρας τινάς. 

The author of Acts indicated that from there (κἀκεῖθεν) in Neapolis they went to Philippi (εἰς Φιλίππους), the leading city of the district (ἥτις ἐστὶν πρώτη τῆς μερίδος) of Macedonia (Μακεδονίας), a Roman colony (κολωνία), they (Ἦμεν) remained (διατρίβοντες) in this city (δὲ ἐν ταύτῃ τῇ πόλει) some days (ἡμέρας τινάς).  Paul, Silas, Timothy, and the author of Acts, “we”, stayed a long time here in Philippi, rather than a day as on the island of Samothrace.  The author of Acts inserted himself into this story by saying “we”, using the first-person plural.  He insinuated that he was one of this group of traveling missionaries.  This group traveled by land about 10 miles to the city of Philippi from the port city of Neapolis.  Philippi was a major city in Macedonia, renamed by Philip II of Macedon in 356 BCE.  The ruins there are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as it was a mini-Rome as a wealthy Roman colony.  Paul will write a letter to the people or assembly here, the letter to the Philippians.  What is the richest city you have ever seen?

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