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Posted 28 January 2010 - 11:24 AM

I'm trying to figure travel time from Caesarea to Joppa to Caesarea in Acts 10.

Day 1
Acts 10:3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.
Acts 10:8 And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.
Day 2
Acts 10:9 On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour:
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How would servants and a soldier travel, by foot, by beast, by cart?
I canít find this answer.
The distance appears to be approx. 36 miles between Caesarea and Joppa.
By foot at a reasonable gate of 2.5 mph the travel alone would be 14.4 hrs.
By horseback at a walk 4 mph and trot 8 mph, is 9 hrs or 4.5 hrs respectively.
How fast would the Centurion have sent the servants on this mission?

John 11:9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day?
From this quote of Jesus it appears the Roman hours were commonly used.

Let's look at the Jewish times of day in the New Testament time: (hours are approximate because the length of the hour was not "set in stone" until about the 18th century)
Third hour--6am-9am
Sixth hour--9am-12pm
Ninth hour--12pm-3pm
Twelfth hour--3pm-6pm
First Watch--6pm-9pm
Second Watch--9pm-12am
Third Watch--12am-3am
Fourth Watch--3am-6am
The Roman times of day, are just as English Time, the Third Hour would be literally the Third Hour, from 12am (3am). The Jewish Day starts at about Evening of one day (about 6pm or so), to the evening of the next day, whereas Roman time, the day starts at 12am.

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Day 3
Acts 10:23 Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him.
Day 4
Acts 10:24 And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends.

Acts 10:30 And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,

Do I have this right? It appears to me this was a 3 day round trip.

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 07:16 PM

I don't know, but in studying the history of local Baptist churches, I find that many walked considerable distances in the 19th century.

One, Jonathan Reeves, said he would walk from Rochester to Faversham to hear a special preacher but was unable as when he arose at 4.00am there was torrential rain which continued so he had to call off the trip at 6.30. He also said he walked the same distance with his mother to hear William Huntington SS (Sinner Saved) preach. Huntington died when Jonathan was 13 and as he was ill for the last two years of his life so this must have been when Jonathan was 11 at the most.

Samuel Eyles Pierce walked 21 miles from Maidstone to Faversham one Christmas Eve about 1908. He had already walked a fair distance to London then got the stage to Maidstone before walking to Faversham. He preached twice the nect day and three time the following day, it being the Lord's Day. he then walked 10 miles to Canterbury to spend the New Year.

One pastor of the Particular Baptist Church in Egerton, Kent walked from the Isle of Sheppey to Egerton each Sunday. Via Michelin gives the distance from Sheerness, the main town on the island as 48km or 30 miles. (I was told his journey was 23-25 miles.)

Many Christians would not pay to travel on the Lord's day so they only went where they could walk.

So 36 miles would not be more than a night or day's walk. A soldier would march fairly fast, probaly at least 4mph.

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 08:32 PM

Thanks for the info but I'm still looking for someone to check this over and see if the highlighted text supports the 3 days round trip.

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Posted 28 January 2010 - 09:50 PM

A Baptist church up north of me, they spoke of a pastor back in the 30's and or 40's, who walked 8 miles each Sunday morning to preach for them.

We're spoiled in many ways, yet most of us are always crying about how bad we've got it.

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 01:13 PM

I can easily walk on my treadmill 1.75 miles in 1/2hr. at a 6% incline without being out of breath, and I'm not "in shape". Sounds quite possible, just one whopper of a long walk!

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 02:56 PM

Yes, I agree with you that it was a 3 day round trip.

From Acts 10:3 to 10:25 was four full days. It appears to have been a full day's journey, possibly a little more, from Caesarea to Joppa.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 12:06 PM

I believe the round trip journey from Caesarea to Joppa was a four day journey.

Day 1 - Acts 10:7 At 3:00 in the afternoon, Cornelius had a visitation. After speaking with the Angle of the Lord, Cornelius called two servants and a devout solder to tell them story. Acts 10:33 Cornelius told Peter he sent them immediately to Joppa.

Day 2 - Acts 10:9 About noon the following day, the men were approaching Joppa and Peter went to the roof to pray.
Acts 10:19 While Peter was wondering about the vision the men found Simon the Tanners house and called out to Peter.
Acts 10:23 Peter invited them into the house.

Day 3 - Acts 10:23b The next day Peter started out with them for Joppa

Day 4 - Acts 10:24 The following day he arrived at Caeserea and Cornelius was expecting him.

I hope this clarifies the time length of the journey.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 05:23 PM

There were two Caesareas, one formerly known as Stratos tower, later Caesarea by the seaside, and Caesarea Philippi.

The distance from Joppa in a straight line was about 40 miles and 100 miles.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:31 AM

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re: "I'm trying to figure travel time from Caesarea to Joppa to Caesarea in Acts 10."

Are you just curious about this or do you have a specific use for the travel time involved?

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 08:51 AM

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re: "I'm trying to figure travel time from Caesarea to Joppa to Caesarea in Acts 10."

Are you just curious about this or do you have a specific use for the travel time involved?


A couple of years ago I was studying Peter's life. I think it was 3's in Peter's life. I thought it remarkable how many things in Peter's life involved the number 3.




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