What was special about reading this passage was that the group of us were reading in on the Areopagus. The exact place that Paul was preaching from. Here, Paul is addressing the different schools of thought within the agora, a Roman town center. Being able to view the locations and the temples where Paul was mentioning in Athens as well as Corinth, Philippi, and Thessaloniki was quite the experience. We could almost picture in our heads the mannerisms and the emotion Paul would have displayed during this speech. We saw the temples he would have pointed to regarding the different deities worshiped. We could see him motioning at the Athenian wall when regarding the different boundaries to their lands. And finally, we could feel the emotion, the courage, and the radicalness of his message in a whole new context. It was so beautiful.
Visiting these places has given me a fresh translation of the Bible. The people that wrote the Bible were just like me. Living and traveling in the same world. With very real lives. How much more relatable is everything they wrote down after that truth is grasped? From that trip on out, reading the Bible has turned into something that is not only more relatable and transformative, but it is also comprehended on an entirely different level.