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Bible Meaning: Millet
Strong's Concordance #G2747

Cenchrea, a port city on the isthmus that connects the Peloponnesus to the mainland of Greece, was located about nine miles (14.5 kilometers) east of Corinth. Its access to the Mediterranean allowed Corinthian trade to travel by water to Asia and other eastern sections of the Roman Empire.

The Apostle Paul, during his second missionary journey, shaves his head in Cenchrea due to a vow. He then boards a ship, with Priscilla and Aquila, and sails to the Asia province capital of Ephesus.

Paul's well-known epistle to the Romans, written in Macedonia, is taken to Rome by Phoebe (Phebe), a deaconess in a home church that met in Cenchrea. Paul not only commends her character and charity in serving God's people but also instructs brethren in Rome to give her whatever she needs when she arrives (Romans 16:1 - 2).

Important Verses

Acts 18:1, 18 - 19
After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth . . .

And Paul after this tarried there (Corinth) yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila: having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.

And he came to Ephesus, and left them there: but he himself entered into the synagogue, and reasoned with the Jews.

Map of New Testament Churches in Greece
Location of Cenchrea

Romans 16:1 - 2
I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea,

that ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.

Romans 16:25, 27
Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery . . .

To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen. Written to the Romans from Corinthus (Corinth), and sent by Phebe servant of the church at Cenchrea.

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