Along the beautiful Mediterranean lies the coastal city of Caesarea. Caesarea was the official seat of government, a busy port, and a naval base for the powerful Romans in the province of Israel. On the grounds of the seaside palace called Herod’s Praetorium, the apostle Paul was unjustly imprisoned AD 58–60. Through a curious chain of events, Jerusalem’s authorities brought Paul here to appear before the Roman magistrate on three trumped-up charges. Paul modelled for us how a thinking, believing follower of Christ can defend himself or herself against criticism.
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