Paul was handed over to a centurion (Acts 27:1)

“When it was decided

That we were

To sail for Italy,

They delivered Paul

And some other prisoners

To a centurion

Of the Augustan Cohort,

Named Julius.”

Ὡς δὲ ἐκρίθη τοῦ ἀποπλεῖν ἡμᾶς εἰς τὴν Ἰταλίαν, παρεδίδουν τόν τε Παῦλον καί τινας ἑτέρους δεσμώτας ἑκατοντάρχῃ ὀνόματι Ἰουλίῳ σπείρης Σεβαστῆς.

The author of Acts indicated that when it was decided that (Ὡς δὲ ἐκρίθη) they were to sail (τοῦ ἀποπλεῖν ἡμᾶς) for Italy (εἰς τὴν Ἰταλίαν), they delivered Paul (παρεδίδουν τόν τε Παῦλον) and some other prisoners (καί τινας ἑτέρους δεσμώτας) to a centurion (ἑκατοντάρχῃ) of the Augustan Cohort (σπείρης Σεβαστῆς), named Julius (ὀνόματι Ἰουλίῳ).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used this word ἀποπλεῖν, that means to sail away and the word Σεβαστῆς, that means the emperor.  Once again, the author of Acts joined Paul in his voyage to Rome.  Thus, the “we (ἡμᾶς)” had all the details of this trip and where they stopped.  Governor Porcius Festus handed Paul over to the Augustan or Roman cohort led by a Roman centurion name Julius who would bring him to Rome.  Apparently, Paul was able to bring some friends with him, including the author of Acts, on his journey to Rome.  Have you ever gone to see a prisoner in jail?

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