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Paul visited Troas on the return from his third journey. His companions, including the men who were taking the contribution to the poor among the saints at Jerusalem arranged time to be with the disciples on the first day of the week. When they met to break bread Paul spoke for a long time and raised Eutychus (Acts 20:4‑12). After the raising of Eutychus, Paul’s companions set sail for Assos, but Paul decided to travel about 20 miles south by land from Troas to Assos and meet the ship there (Acts 20:13‑14).
On another occasion, while awaiting the return of Titus from Corinth, Paul was very discouraged during his stay at Troas (2 Cor. 2:12ff.). He did not write a letter to the church at Troas, but in his last letter he requested Timothy to bring the cloak, the books, especially the parchments, which he had left at Troas with Carpus (2 Tim. 4:13).
Earlier visits to Troas have allowed us to see only a few exposed ruins and a pathetic looking artificial harbor. The entry to the harbor is now clogged up; water flows into the harbor from the Aegean Sea, but none flows out. Over the past ten years archaeologists from the University of Münster and other institutions have been excavating in Troas. We will show some of the new discoveries in the next post.