Island of Patmos: Biblical Importance

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I. Island of Patmos
a. Introduction of Patmos
i. Location
ii. History
iii. Geography
b. Biblical importance
iv. Paul being exiled
1. Why he was exiled
2. Living conditions
a. Challenges of shelter
b. Challenges of food
c. His age
v. Revelation written there by Paul
3. Paul’s willingness to do anything God asked of him c. What it means to me.
vi. Things I saw
4. The beauty of the place.
5. The cave where Paul could of lived
vii. Feelings
6. Just the feeling of being where Paul once was 7. Being where the book of Revelation was written 8. The persecution that was going on in the time it was written d. Conclusion

viii. Overview of the intro, the biblical importance and what it means to me. Keith McAllister
Professor Patterson
Greco Roman
26 April 2013
The Island of Patmos
The island of Patmos is a Greek island that is located just off the coast of Asia Minor in the eastern borderline of the Aegean Sea. It is one of the northern most islands of the Dodecanese complex and is between the islands of Leros and Ikaria. The island of Patmos has an area of 13.15 square miles and has a population of 2,998 people. (Detailed census) The island of Patmos is about 158 miles from the main harbor of Athens, Piraeus. The history of the island of Patmos goes extremely far back. According to a legend from Greek mythology the island of Patmos was first named Letois after one of their goddess’. (The Book of Apocalypse written on Patmos.) They believed that Patmos came into existence due to the goddess’ divine intervention. They believed that the island was at the bottom of the sea and the goddess would visit another god on a nearby island. The other god wanted the goddess to bring the island up to life and over time the goddess did. The earliest remains of human settlements date back to the Middle Bronze Age which is believed to be 2000 BC. Throughout history the island of Patmos is mentioned by very few ancient writers. Because of this there is not much known about the ancient history of the island of Patmos. Although there is not much known, we do know that during the 3rd century BC in the Hellenistic period there was a settlement on the island of Patmos that had the form of an acropolis with an improved defense with fortification walls and towers. Patmos is also mentioned in Christian scriptures in the Book of Revelation. The book tells us that the author was put onto the island and was given a vision from Jesus. On the island there is a cave where the writer, John the Apostle, was believed to stay and several monasteries. After the death of John the Apostle many Christians came onto the island and settled on the island. Although many Christians settled on the island Christian life hardly survived from the 7th century BC through the 9th century BC because of the Muslims raiding the island. In 1912 the island was captured during the Turkish-Italian War and the Italians occupied it until 1943 when Nazi Germany took over the island of Patmos. In 1945 the Germans left the island of Patmos and the island remained autonomous until 1948 when it and the rest of the Dodecanese islands chose to join independent Greece. The geography of the island of Patmos is an island with many colorful mountains and rocky places with many small caves scattered all over the island. The highest point on the island of Patmos is Mount Profitis Elias which rises at 270 meters. Although it has many mountains and rocky places and caves is also has low barren hills and small plateaus. The island of Patmos being an island also means that it has numerous gulfs that form countless beautiful bays and coves. The island of Patmos also has some beautiful beaches that...
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