APOSTLE PAUL IN KEFALONIA
According to the German
searcher Heinz Warnecke, during his journey to Rome, St. Apostle Paul shipwrecked
near Cephalonia and not Malta as it is generally believed.
According to Warnecke, Cephalonia is the
"Meliti" of the Acts of the Apostles as the nautical, climatic and zoological
facts of the 27th and 28th chapter of the Acts can hardly be related to Malta. In detail:
The name of "Meliti"
was very usual in West Greece. Except for Malta it was also used in Corfu, Samothraki etc.
Warnecke says that Cephalonia was called "Black Corfu" because of its black
mountain called "Aenos".
The bay of Argostoli
completely comes up to the description of the Acts of the Apostles. It's the only bay
(apart from Lesvos and Limnos) of Mediterranean sea that is so closed and safe. What
is more, in front of it extends the "shallows" which are mentioned in the Acts.
The phenomenon of the continuous rain,
that is mentioned in the Acts, is something very usual in Cephalonia but not in
Malta. Moreover, the "coldness" the Acts mention doesn't help the correlation
with Malta as Malta has the hottest clima of all mediterranean sea. However in
Cephalonia it wouldn't be odd if it snowed before November.
The incident with the
viper indicates once more that St. Apostle Paul shipwrecked near Cephalonia as in Malta
there aren't poisonous snakes. However, in Cephalonia there are at least 20 kinds of
poisonous snakes as well as viper.
Finally, Warnecke claims that the denomination "Barbarians" which is used
in the Acts for the habitants of the island is most suitable for the cephalonians.
Thucydides called the habitants of NW Greece barbarians because they differed from the
rest Greeks in civilization. Cephalonians are also called barbarian for their rough and