main pillars

Wednesday afternoon we went to the church of Corinth. Because of the canal I showed you earlier, there were a lot of people who went through Corinth traveling to one of the seas I mentioned. This is one of the places where Paul was brought before the guy who kept peace. He wasn’t a judge, but he would settle disagreements for the people of the city to keep people from trying to fix things themselves, which obviously would lead to disorder. Anyway Paul was brought to one of these people, in the town of Corinth, when some of the Jews who lived in Corinth were upset with him.

probably where Paul stood

Where the broken marble column is sitting is where an archeologist thinks Paul stood. Our tour guide is very involved with the archeology part of everything, so the woman who placed that column is our tour guide’s friend. The large wall is actually a platform where the guy who keeps the peace would stand. If you want an ideal picture, you’d put the Jews a little to the right of Paul, probably not acting their best.

Rome on top of Greek

One of the many significant things when you look at Corinth is that it is a city built on top of another city. What happened was the Romans came in and destroyed the structure that was here while they over threw the Greeks who inhabited the area. Julius Caesar then came buy and apologized, saying that it was a marvelous area and that they would help them rebuild. Of course that was with the assumption that they now were in control. This is a picture of How there are still Greek parts of the area intact, they are just lower than the rest of the buildings. Apparently Rome didn’t want to work harder than they had to so they kept what was intact, but since they thought they were better they had to add their own touch to everything.

an important stone

This next rock is probably one of the most important rocks in the whole site. It is our proof that the people in the area were practicing Christians. At that time the Jews who had accepted Jesus were Jewish and Christianity, and they kind of claimed it as Jewish. The Gentiles who became Christians just kind of went along with Christianity with a lot of Jewish customs incorporated. If you think about it this only makes sense, even though it is not the case now. Anyway, so this Jewish symbol (while not particular to modern Christians) was very much so a part of the early Church. Therefor the Corinthian church that Paul writes to was here on this site.

statues

art particular to Corinth

A couple other fun facts. There were a lot of statues which decorated Corinth. When the Mors, or Muslims took control of Greece they decapitated all of the statues that had to do with Christianity. So now we have a ton of statues without heads. Also, Corinth was had a particular form of art. They incorporated designs and animals that were from many different parts of the world together into one picture. This was possible because Corinth was a port, and sailors from everywhere would stop there to sell and buy. Because of this there were many different culture all present at the same time. Their art work sort of symbolizes their incorporation of all these differences to make one very successful city. If you look closely you can see that there is a lion on this piece of pottery, which is a good example of what I was talking about since lions don’t live in Europe.

to be continued…

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