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by Wayne Blank
Syracuse is known to Bible History from its single mention in the New Testament when Paul was being taken to Rome as a prisoner after his three major missionary journeys. After surviving a shipwreck on Malta, where he remained for three months, Paul resumed his journey on another ship that stopped at Syracuse for three days during the northward voyage to Rome:
"After three months we set sail in a ship which had wintered in the island, a ship of Alexandria, with the Twin Brothers as figurehead [Note: "the Twin Brothers" were Castor and Pollux, the "Gemini twins" of Greek and Roman mythology who were the pagan "patron saints" of sailors, hence their carved images on the bows of many Greek and Roman ships].
Fact Finder: Where did Paul go on each of his three major missionary journeys prior to his being taken as a prisoner to Rome?