The Bema at Ancient Corinth

The Bema at ancient Corinth. Photograph by Todd Bolen.

In Ancient Greece, a bema was a raised platform where officials gave public addresses and heard legal cases, typically located at the center of the forum, or marketplace. The bema at Corinth was erected around 44 B.C.E. out of blue and white marble. In Acts (Acts 18:12-17), the bema at Corinth is called a tribunal. The Jews bring Paul before the bema for judgment by Gallio, the proconsul of Achaia. The Jews charge, “This man is persuading people to worship God in ways that are contrary to the law.” Gallio, however, refuses to judge the case.

Bema at Ancient Corinth

Acts 18:12-17

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