Ptolemais (Acts 21:7)

“When we had finished

The voyage

From Tyre,

We arrived

At Ptolemais.

We greeted

The believing brothers.

We stayed with them

For one day.”

Ἡμεῖς δὲ τὸν πλοῦν διανύσαντες ἀπὸ Τύρου κατηντήσαμεν εἰς Πτολεμαΐδα, καὶ ἀσπασάμενοι τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς ἐμείναμεν ἡμέραν μίαν παρ’ αὐτοῖς.

The author of Acts indicated that Paul and his companions (Ἡμεῖς δὲ) had finished (διανύσαντες) the voyage (τὸν πλοῦν) from Tyre (ἀπὸ Τύρου).  They arrived (κατηντήσαμεν) at Ptolemais (εἰς Πτολεμαΐδα).  They then greeted (καὶ ἀσπασάμενοι) the believing brothers (τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς) and stayed (ἐμείναμεν) with them (παρ’ αὐτοῖς) for only one day (ἡμέραν μίαν).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used these words πλοῦν, that means a voyage or a sailing, and διανύσαντες, that means to accomplish fully, finish, or complete.  Ptolemais, present day Acre, was a Roman colony town with a huge port about a little over 20 miles south of Tyre.  Paul and his companions, including the author of Acts, only stayed there a day with the Christian believers.  What is the shortest stay that you ever had?

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