Cenchreae was the port just east of Corinth. After establishing the congregation at Corinth, Paul set sail from Cenchreae for Ephesus, across the Aegean Sea (Acts 18:18). The port was a major center for trade. Goods brought into its harbor could be taken across the isthmus of Corinth for shipment westward to Italy, or transported to other cities in Greece.

Paul's letter to the Romans includes a note of introduction and recommendation for a woman named Phoebe. She was a leader in the church at Cenchreae, where she served as a deacon. She was also a patron or benefactor of the congregation, which probably meant that she provided financial support (Rom 16:1-2).


Cenchreae Woman


Woman from Cenchreae

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