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Real People: Gallio in Corinth

'Testing Luke' #15

 

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In the book of Acts, in the Bible, Luke records that Paul the apostle spent a year and a half in the city of Corinth. During this time, the Jews tried to bring a case against him in the Roman courts, and had him brought in front of the Governor, who was called Gallio.

Gallio was a real person – we know about him from sources outside the Bible. In particular, we know when he was the Governor. An inscription found at Delphi is a letter from the Emperor Claudius. It refers to Gallio as 'my friend and the Governor of Achaia,'  and it dates his governorship to 51 or 52 AD. Gallio was executed by the maniac emperor Nero in 65 AD.

This inscription confirms Luke's claim that Gallio was the Governor, and it pins down the date when he was Governor and when Paul was hauled in front of him, to 51 or 52 AD.

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