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How the Apostle Paul Stopped in Cenchrea for a Haircut

Following the journey of the Apostle Paul through the New Testament we see that Paul is known to have visited some of the biggest cities in the Roman Empire during his travels but one of the lesser-known places he stopped was the port of Cenchrea. Scripture tells us that this was the home of Paul’s traveling companion Phoebe.

Romans 16:1-2 (KJV)

I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:

That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.

While traveling on his second missionary journey, Paul made a stop at Cenchrea to have his hair cut in keeping with a vow he had taken.

Acts 18:18 (KJV)

And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.

Cenchrea was located in the Saronic Gulf, though little is left of the ancient city except the port, which was excavated by a team from the American School of Classical Studies in the 1960s. Today, Kechries is a Greek village located where the ancient port of Cenchrea once stood. The city is located 5 miles from modern Corinth, the city to which the Apostle Paul wrote the letters of First and Second Corinthians.

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