They sailed from Troas (Acts 16:11)

“We set sail

From Troas.

We made a straight course

To Samothrace,

And the following day

To Neapolis.”

Ἀναχθέντες δὲ ἀπὸ Τρῳάδος εὐθυδρομήσαμεν εἰς Σαμοθρᾴκην, τῇ δὲ ἐπιούσῃ εἰς Νέαν Πόλιν,

The author of Acts indicated that they set sail (Ἀναχθέντες) from Troas (δὲ ἀπὸ Τρῳάδο).  They made a straight course (εὐθυδρομήσαμεν) to Samothrace (εἰς Σαμοθρᾴκην), and the following day (τῇ δὲ ἐπιούσῃ) to Neapolis (εἰς Νέαν Πόλιν).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used this word εὐθυδρομήσαμεν, that means to run a straight course.  Acts was also the only Greek biblical writing that used this word ἐπιούσῃ, that means the following or next day.  Samothrace was a small Greek island on the sea lane between Troas and Macedonia, about 100 miles from Troas and about 25 miles from Neapolis.  However, it was the home of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, a place of important Hellenic religious ceremonies.  This sanctuary of the Great Gods surpassed Greek borders as Samothrace became an international religious center, where people came from all over the Roman world.  The ruins of this great religious sanctuary are still there today.  However, Paul, Silas, Timothy, and the author of Acts, “we”, only stayed a day.  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.  They went to Neapolis, literally the “new city”, a town on the northern Aegean shore, the seaport of Philippi, that was about 10 miles away inland.  Have you ever been on a sea voyage?

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