Paul’s 1 st Epistle to the Californians. NO… wait… I mean the Corinthians…. Paul and the Corinthian Church . Paul Wrote Four Letters (maybe…) The “previous letter”: “When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin.” (1 Cor. 5:9)
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NO… wait… I mean the Corinthians…
Recent scholarship points out, however, that the charge may have been an Athenian slander against the original (pre-146 BC) city since sacred prostitution was a Middle East custom, not a Greek one.
Situated on the isthmus separating mainland Greece from the lower peninsula (Peloponnesus), a stopping point destination for anyone travelling between these locations by land, and also centered between two major sea ports, Lechaeum and Cenchrea, providing “entertainment” to thousands of seafaring visitors, Corinth became one of the most morally permissive, self-indulgent, and degenerate cities of the ancient world.
This main road ran from the city to the northern port of Lechaion, thus its name. The road was about 40 feet wide and included sidewalks and drainage channels. Steps along the road indicate that passage was not intended for wheeled vehicles.
In 307 B.C., Demetrios Poliorketes determined to cut a naval passage through the Isthmus. He actually began excavations but was discouraged from continuing by Egyptian engineers, who predicted that the different sea levels between the Corinthian and the Saronic Gulfs would flood Aegina and nearby islands.In 67 A.D., Nero began work on the project. He deployed work gangs of war prisoners that included 6,000 young Jewish slaves recently captured by Vespasian in Galilee, where the Jewish war had begun. They dug out a ditch 3300 meters in length and 40 meters wide. But Nero was forced to rush back to Rome because of the Galva mutiny. Once there, he was arrested on charges of treason and sentenced to death in 68 A.D. The unfinished canal fell to oblivion and was overtaken by tales of superstition and supernatural lore.
The completion of the Corinth Canal was either the vindication of a dream conceived 2,495 years previous and a great testament to the perseverance of the human race, or perhaps it is an indication of the productivity and work ethic of Grecian project teams… )
The inspiration for his famous design came when he was in a graveyard and saw a basket left on the grave of a young girl. A few of her toys were in it as a memorial and a square tile had been placed over the basket, to keep the rain out. An acanthus plant had grown directly underneath the woven basket, and the leaves and flowers had grown up the sides, and curved in a graceful arc conforming to the shape of the basket and the covering tile.