Paul and Silas went to Thessalonica (Acts 17:1)


And Silas

Passed through


And Apollonia.

They came

To Thessalonica,

Where there was a synagogue

Of the Jews.”

Διοδεύσαντες δὲ τὴν Ἀμφίπολιν καὶ τὴν Ἀπολλωνίαν ἦλθον εἰς Θεσσαλονίκην, ὅπου ἦν συναγωγὴ τῶν Ἰουδαίων.

The author of Acts indicated that Paul and Silas had passed through or traveled through (Διοδεύσαντες) Amphipolis (δὲ τὴν Ἀμφίπολιν) and Apollonia (καὶ τὴν Ἀπολλωνίαν).  Then they came (ἦλθον) to Thessalonica (εἰς Θεσσαλονίκην), where there was a synagogue (ὅπου ἦν συναγωγὴ) of the Jews (τῶν Ἰουδαίων).  Amphipolis and Apollonia were ancient Greek and Roman major cities off the Aegean Sea on the east-west major route across Macedonia.  These two port cities were about 10 miles from each other.  Thessalonica was another seacoast city and the capital of the Roman province of Macedonia, about 100 miles west of Philippi.  Paul would write letters to this city, 1 Thessalonians and 2 Thessalonians.  As usual, Paul found a Jewish synagogue there.  It is not clear why Paul did not stop in Amphipolis or Apollonia.  Perhaps they did not have a synagogue or any Jews there.  When you travel, why do stop in some cities but not in others?

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