Examining Paul’s Shipwreck in Acts 27 and 28

Examining Paul’s Shipwreck in Acts 27 and 28

A gripping account of a shipwreck during Paul’s trek to Rome is recorded near the end of the Book of Acts. The event is carefully analyzed by Jefferson White in this excerpt: Apostle Paul’s Shipwreck: An Historical Examination of Acts 27 and 28, which provides insight from ancient nautical and meteorological narratives and other sources. The material on the site is a chapter from White’s more extensive work, Evidence and Paul’s Journey’s: An Historical Investigation into the Travels of the Apostle Paul, which affirms: “The Acts account of Paul’s journeys is as reliable as we may expect history to be. So far as it can be tested by objective evidence, Acts has proven to be an astonishingly accurate record of events.”

Paul later wrote: “Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep (2 Cor. 11:25).