The Apostle Paul

Considered by many to be one of the greatest influences of Christianity, the work of Apostle Paul has undoubtedly affected the identity of Christianity throughout the world.

Paul was born into a Jewish family around the year 10, in Tarsus, a city on the southern coast of what is now Turkey. We presume that he was born into a prominent family because his parents, strict Pharisees, were also Roman citizens, a privilege given to those of influence and wealth.

From the days of his youth, he was known as a man of fiery temperament and strong character who always acted on his beliefs. He was sent to Jerusalem to train to be Rabbi, and worked ardently to suppress Christianity until a significant event occurred while he was on a mission to Damascus.

This episode of considerable magnitude was a vision described several times in the Bible, a vision of Jesus asking why Paul persisted in persecuting Him. He then commissioned Paul to preach His message to the Gentiles. It was then that Paul became a Christian, a turning point and significant event in the history Christianity.

The first of his journeys in either 46-49 or 47-50 AD (Acts 13-14) took him to Cyprus, Perga, Antioch, Iconium, Lystra and Derbe. The second journey, around 51-54 AD (Acts 15-18) was to Phyrgia, Galatia, Mysia and Troas, where he received instruction from the Holy Spirit to go to Macedonia.

At this point, the direction of his journey shifted to Philippi, Thessalonica, Berea, Athens and Corinth, then back through Ephesus to Jerusalem and eventually again to Antioch, with the more successful missionary work in Macedonia, Corinth and Ephesus.

The Third Missionary Journey 54-58 AD (Acts 18-21) took him to Galatia and Phyrgia, eventually arriving in Ephesus where he stayed for about three years. From Ephesus, Paul may have made another trip to Corinth as he mentions three trips to Corinth (2 Cor. 12:14 & 13:1), but certainly travelled through Macedonia (probably Thessalonica, Philippi and Berea) and maybe Illyricum. From there he travelled to Greece (Athens and Corinth), then headed back to Jerusalem for the last time, through Troas, Miletus, Tyre and Caeserea.

These missionary journeys forever changed the face of religion in the Mediterranean and beyond. Paul established many churches, argued with philosophers and paganists and converted many to Christianity. Proof of his journeys is found in the archaeological sites still standing today in Greece and Turkey. Of particular beauty are the churches, decorated with breathtaking frescoes and stunning mosaics. These early places of worship are monumental evidence of this era now past, constructed of stone and brick on cobblestone streets, located in areas of inspirational natural beauty. A journey to this setting will strengthen your belief and bring you closer to your faith by forming a connection between what has been written and the events that took place, bringing all the Biblical events you have studied to life!

We at Aristotle Travel will take great care of every detail, making this pilgrimage an event lasting a lifetime. Taking into account the needs of every traveller, we understand that what you wish to embark on more than just a trip, but a monumental event bridging your belief with the realism of the written Word. You can trust us to make this an experience you will never forget!