The Alexandrian ship (Acts 27:6)

“There the centurion

Found a ship

From Alexandria

Sailing for Italy.

He put us on board.”

Κἀκεῖ εὑρὼν ὁ ἑκατοντάρχης πλοῖον Ἀλεξανδρῖνον πλέον εἰς τὴν Ἰταλίαν ἐνεβίβασεν ἡμᾶς εἰς αὐτό.

The author of Acts indicated that there (Κἀκεῖ) the centurion (ὁ ἑκατοντάρχης) found (εὑρὼν) a ship (πλοῖον) from Alexandria (Ἀλεξανδρῖνον) sailing (πλέον) for Italy (εἰς τὴν Ἰταλίαν).  He put them on board that ship (ἐνεβίβασεν ἡμᾶς εἰς αὐτό).  Acts was the only Greek biblical writing that used this word, ἐνεβίβασεν, that means to place on board or embark.  Alexandria was the largest port city in northern Africa.  This was probably a cargo ship bringing wheat and grain from Africa to Rome.  Once again, the author of Acts had joined Paul in his voyage to Rome, as he said “we were put on that ship (ἐνεβίβασεν ἡμᾶς εἰς αὐτό).”  Thus, here in Myra, they got on another ship from Alexandria that was heading to Rome with a cargo of wheat.  So far, Paul and his companions have been treated very nice.  Have you ever had a hard time getting a ship to go where you wanted to go?

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