Caesarea (Acts 21:8)

“The next day,

We left.

We came to Caesarea.

We went into

The house of Philip

The evangelist.

He was one of the seven.

We stayed with him.”

τῇ δὲ ἐπαύριον ἐξελθόντες ἤλθομεν εἰς Καισαρίαν, καὶ εἰσελθόντες εἰς τὸν οἶκον Φιλίππου τοῦ εὐαγγελιστοῦ ὄντος ἐκ τῶν ἑπτὰ ἐμείναμεν παρ’ αὐτῷ.

The author of Acts indicated that the next day (τῇ δὲ ἐπαύριον), they left (ἐξελθόντες) Ptolemais and came (ἤλθομεν) to Caesarea (εἰς Καισαρίαν).  There they went into (καὶ εἰσελθόντες) the house of Philip (εἰς τὸν οἶκον Φιλίππου), the evangelist (τοῦ εὐαγγελιστοῦ), who was one of the seven deacons (ὄντος ἐκ τῶν ἑπτὰ).  They stayed with him (ἐμείναμεν παρ’ αὐτῷ).  Paul and his traveling companions, including the author of Acts, arrived at Caesarea, about 30 miles south of Ptolemais.  Paul had been in Caesarea in chapter 9:30, when he was thrown out of Jerusalem on his way back to Tarsus.  Philip had been ordained as one of the seven chosen to help the Hellenists in Jerusalem in chapter 6:5.  He was called an evangelist here as one who brings the good news of Jesus.  Philip also went on a mission away from Jerusalem where he helped to convert the Ethiopian minister eunuch to Jesus in chapter 8:26-40.  He ended up in Caesarea.  Interesting enough the story of Philip preceded the conversion of Saul or Paul in chapter 9:1-30.  Now the two are joined together.  The city of Caesarea was built by Herod the Great about 25–13 BCE as a major port on the Mediterranean coast.  Caesarea was therefore the administrative center of the Judaea Province of the Roman Empire.  The centurion gentile Cornelius was also from the city of Caesarea, chapter 10:1-11:18, so that this town played a major role in the spreading of Christianity.  Caesarea was the last port stop for Paul and his companions.  From now on, they will go on foot to Jerusalem.  Were you ever happy to end a sea trip?

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