Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Archaeological series 1. A look at the Gallio inscription

The Gallio inscription
*Discovered in 1905 from inscriptions collected from Greek city of Delphi
*It is a letter from Emperor Claudius . In it he states, "Lucius Junios Gallio, my friend, and the proconsul of Achaia . . ."
*Gallio was the elder brother of Seneca the philosopher
*Historians date the inscription to 52 A.D. which corresponds to the time of the apostle's stay in 51.
Here is his mention in Acts:

18:12 But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him before the judgment-seat,
13 saying, This man persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law.
14 But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said unto the Jews, If indeed it were a matter of wrong or of wicked villany, O ye Jews, reason would that I should bear with you:
15 but if they are questions about words and names and your own law, look to it yourselves; I am not minded to be a judge of these matters.
16 And he drove them from the judgment-seat.
17 And they all laid hold on Sosthenes, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him before the judgment-seat. And Gallio cared for none of these things.

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