The Damascus Wall - This is actually the building where Paul escaped through. While there might appear to be a contradiction between the two passages our focus in this section is the actual place. It is nothing less than remarkable that many of these objects still stand.
Acts 9:19-25–...As the days mounted up, the Jews hatched a plot against his life; but their plans became known to Saul. They kept close watch on the city gates day and night so that they might murder him; but his converts took him one night and let him down by the wall, lowering him in a basket.”
2 Corinthians 11:32-33–“When I was in Damascus, the commissioner of King Aretas kept the city under observation so as to have me arrested; and I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall, and so escaped his clutches.”
Acts 19:29 = So the whole city was filled with confusion, and rushed into the theater with one accord, having seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Macedonians, Paul’s travel companions.
Romans 16:23 - Gaius, my host and the host of the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the treasurer of the city, greets you, and Quartus, a brother.
Paul and Barnabas met him during their first missionary journey. He is described as “a man of intelligence, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God” (Acts 13:7). Sergius Paulus eventually put his faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 13:12).
Roman Proconsul Asiarchs
In Acts 19:31 we read that Paul had friends among some of the asiarchs of Ephesus.
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A.D. 5–10? Born in Tarsus, an Israelite from the tribe of Benjamin and a Roman citizen ( Romans 11:1, Phillipians 3:5 Acts 22:3, 28 ) raised in either Jerusalem or Tarsus
36/37Stays in Damascus a short time (Acts 9:19b); leaves for Arabia (2 Cor. 11:32; Gal. 1:17); returns to Damascus (Gal. 1:17; Acts 9:20–22?); escapes through city wall to avoid arrest (Acts 9:23–24; 2 Cor. 11:32–33)
49Paul and Silas travel to southern Galatia through Asia Minor, on to Macedonia (Philippi [1 Thess. 2:2]); Thessalonica [1 Thess. 2:2; Phil. 4:15–16]; and Berea [Acts 17:10–15]), and then to Achaia (Athens [1 Thess. 3:1] and Corinth [2 Cor. 11:7–9])
52Travels to Antioch, spends “some time”; travels through Galatia and Phrygia (Acts 18:23)
52–55Arrives in Ephesus (Acts 19:1; 1 Cor. 16:8); ministers for three years (Acts 20:31) and writes 1 Corinthians; makes brief, “painful visit” to Corinth (2 Cor. 2:1), then returns to Ephesus and writes “severe letter” (now lost) to Corinth (2 Cor. 2:3–4; 7:8–16)
57–59Transferred as prisoner to Caesarea, stays for two years (Acts 24:27)
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