ALMOST THREE years had now passed since Paul had been in Antioch and had an opportunity of conferring with the Christian leaders there. He had achieved a momentous advance in the Christian missionary movement, on which he might well wish to report to his original sponsors in that city. He had carried the gospel into Europe and into the very heart of Greece itself, and he had met with a most gratifying success. He must also learn more definitely and in more detail than letters could inform him of the general progress of Christian work about the eastern Mediterranean; was it moving into the north, the south and the east with the same success it was meeting in the west? This world-wide mission must be held together by frequent meetings among its leaders, and its headquarters were still in Syria and Palestine.
Paul left Corinth by the port of Cenchreae, on its Ægean side, for he was sailing for Ephesus. At Cenchreae a Nazirite vow he had made reached its fulfillment and he cut his hair in recognition of the fact. 1 Jewish ways still clung to him, as his later differences with the Corinthians all too clearly showed. 2 With Aquila and Priscilla, who were transferring their business to Ephesus, he sailed from Cenchreae one day in the early autumn of A.D. 51 for Ephesus, two hundred and fifty miles due east of Corinth.
Paul had already looked longingly upon the province of
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Publication information: Book title: Paul. Contributors: Edgar J. Goodspeed - Author. Publisher: John C. Winston. Place of publication: Philadelphia. Publication year: 1947. Page number: 102.
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