Paul's Missionary Journeys

Cenchreae

Acts 18:18

Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchreae... Acts 18:18b


City: "The E seaport of Corinth, located on the Saronic Gulf ca. 11 km E of the city and ca. 4 km S of Isthmia. Two NT references (Acts 18:18 and Rom 16:1) confirm the existence of an early Christian community at the site and the name of one Phoebe, a deaconess of the church...Two artificial rubble breakwaters were constructed to provide a deep-water anchorage that was available for use during the normal sailing season...and that was both larger and more suitable for Roman Corinth's expanded economic role." (Freedman:Volume 1:881)

Summary: Before sailing to Ephesus, Paul had his head shaved. This probably represented a temporary Nazarite vow. "Different vows were frequently taken to express thanks for delivereance from grave dangers. Shaving the head marked the end of a vow." (NIV Study Bible:1682)

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