Easton's Bible Dictionary
- Fair Havens
A harbour in the south of Crete, some 5 miles to the east of which was the town of Lasea (Acts 27:8 ). Here the ship of Alexandria in which Paul and his companions sailed was detained a considerable time waiting for a favourable wind. Contrary to Paul's advice, the master of the ship determined to prosecute the voyage, as the harbour was deemed incommodious for wintering in (9-12). The result was that, after a stormy voyage, the vessel was finally wrecked on the coast of Malta (27:40-44).
Holman Bible Dictionary
- Fair Havens
(fayr hay' vihss) An open bay on the southern coast of Crete near the city of Lasea. Protected only by small islands, it did not appear to be a safe harbor for winter, so the sailors of the ship carrying Paul to Rome decided to try to reach Phenice. They refused to listen to Paul's warnings and were caught in a ferocious storm (Acts 27:8-20 ).
Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible
- Fair Havens
FAIR HAVENS . A harbour on the south coast of Crete, near Lasea, where St. Paul’s ship took shelter on the voyage to Rome ( Acts 27:8 ). It still retains its name.
A. J. Maclean.
Morrish Bible Dictionary
- Fair Havens
Harbour on the south of the island of Crete, near the city of Lasea, about five miles to the east of Cape Matala. Acts 27:8 .
Fausset's Bible Dictionary
- Fair Havens
A harbor on the S. of Crete; connected with the city Lasea; five miles E. of cape Matala. The ship in Paul's voyage stopped short of doubling this cape, for the coast W. of it suddenly turns to the N., and so the ship would have been still exposed to the prevailing N.W. wind. But afterward on consultation the centurion and master of the ship determined against Paul's advice to leave Fair Havens as incommodious to winter in, and go on to Phoenice, induced by a deceptive S. wind which arose for a time: the result was wreck (Acts 27; compare Ecclesiastes 9:15). The place still bears the Greek name for "Fair Havens."
Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament
- Fair Havens
Fair Havens is a small bay in the S. coast of Crete, where St. Paul’s ship, after working slowly westward under the lee of the island, found shelter in rough weather (Acts 27:8). It is not referred to in any other ancient writing besides Acts, but its name is still preserved in the modern dialect-Λιμεῶνας Καλούς. While exposed to the E., it was protected on the S.W. by two small islands. In this roadstead the Apostle’s ship remained ‘a considerable time’ (ἱκανοῦ χρόνου) weather-bound, strong N. W. winds apparently continuing to blow. Two leagues westward is Cape Matala, where the coast abruptly trends to the N., so that if an attempt were made to round the point the ship would certainly be exposed to the full force of the Wind. But as it was feared that Fair Havens was not commodious enough to winter in, a council was held, the account of which affords a vivid and instructive glimpse into life on an ancient government transport. While the captain and Ship-master (ὁ ναύκληρος) thought it better to make a dash for Port Phœnix (q.v. [Note: quod vide, which see.] ), St. Paul considered it more prudent to remain where they were. The Roman centurion naturally ‘gave more heed’ to the nautical experts than to the landsman, as did the majority (οἱ πλείους); but, as Smith remarks, ‘the event justified St. Paul’s advice.’
‘It now appears … that Fair Havens is so well protected by islands, that though not equal to Lutro, it must be a very fair winter harbour; and that considering the suddenness, the frequency, and the violence with which gales of northerly wind spring up, and the certainty that, if such a gale sprang up in the passage from Fair Havens to Lutro, the ship must be driven off to sea, the prudence of the advice given by the master and owner was extremely questionable, and that the advice given by St. Paul may probably be supported even on nautical grounds’ (J. Smith, Voyage and Shipwreck of St. Paul, 1880, p. 85).
Literature.-W. M. Ramsay, St. Paul the Traveller and the Roman Citizen, 1895, p. 320 f. See also articles in Bible Dictionaries, esp. Hasting's Dictionary of the Bible (5 vols) i. 826 (W. Muir).
People's Dictionary of the Bible
- Fair Havens
Fair Havens. A harbor on the southern shore of the island of Crete. Acts 27:8-10; Acts 27:21. It is about midway between the eastern and western ends of the island, and is still known as Kalous Limionas, or "Fair Havens." It is a fair winter harbor, though not as good as Phœnice, or Phœnix, 40 miles westward.
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary
A roadstead or small bay, near the town of Lasea, midway on the southern coast of Crete, where Paul wished to winter when on the voyage to Rome, Acts 27:8 . The sailors preferred Phenice as safer, and were wrecked in consequence. It still retains nearly its old name.
Fair Havens - Fair Havens. It is about midway between the eastern and western ends of the island, and is still known as Kalous Limionas, or "Fair Havens
Haven - See Fair Havens
Lasea - City of Crete, near the port of the Fair Havens
Lase'a, - (Acts 27:8 ) a city of Crete, the ruins of which were discovered in 1856, a few miles to the eastward of Fair Havens
Lasaea - Its ruins are still found near Cape Leonda, about 5 miles east of "Fair Havens
Lasaes - of Fair Havens (Acts 27:8)
Phenice - Properly Phoenix a palm-tree (as in the RSV), a town with a harbour on the southern side of Crete (Acts 27:12 ), west of the Fair Havens
Haven - That of Crete, called "Fair Havens," is mentioned Acts 27:8
Fair Havens - Fair Havens
Fair Havens - But afterward on consultation the centurion and master of the ship determined against Paul's advice to leave Fair Havens as incommodious to winter in, and go on to Phoenice, induced by a deceptive S. The place still bears the Greek name for "Fair Havens
Haven - 1: λιμήν (Strong's #3040 — Noun Masculine — limen — lee-mane' ) is mentioned in Acts 27:8 , "Fair Havens," and Acts 27:12 ; for the first of these see FAIR
Commodius - , "not-well-placed" (from a, "not," n, euphonic, eu, "well," thetos, "from" tithemi, "to put, place"), is found in Acts 27:12 , where it is said of the haven at the place called Fair Havens
Fair Havens - (Καλοὶ Λιμένες)...
Fair Havens is a small bay in the S. But as it was feared that Fair Havens was not commodious enough to winter in, a council was held, the account of which affords a vivid and instructive glimpse into life on an ancient government transport. ’...
‘It now appears … that Fair Havens is so well protected by islands, that though not equal to Lutro, it must be a very fair winter harbour; and that considering the suddenness, the frequency, and the violence with which gales of northerly wind spring up, and the certainty that, if such a gale sprang up in the passage from Fair Havens to Lutro, the ship must be driven off to sea, the prudence of the advice given by the master and owner was extremely questionable, and that the advice given by St
Lasea - It was the nearest town to Fair Havens in Crete, but it was 5 miles away, and this, apart from the inconvenience of the roadstead, would explain the reluctance of the captain of St
Lasea - (Λασαία, Westcott-Hort’s Greek Testament Λασέα)...
Lasea was a city near Fair Havens, on the southern coast of Crete (Acts 27:8). ...
The city was about 5 miles east from Fair Havens, and 1 mile east from Cape Leonda, which was so named from its resemblance to a lion couchant
Clauda - Paul's ship on her way from Fair Havens to Phoenice (Acts 27:12-17) was attacked by a gale coming down from the island, and was in danger of being driven into the African "quicksands" (Syrtis)
Phenice - of Crete, which as being safer to winter in the master of Paul's ship made for from Fair Havens, but owing to the tempestuous E
Hard - ...
Hardly means either ‘harshly,’ as Genesis 16:5 ‘Sarai dealt hardly with her,’ or ‘with difficulty,’ as Exodus 13:15 ‘Pharaoh would hardly let us go’; Matthew 19:23 ‘a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven’; Luke 9:39 ‘bruising him, hardly departeth from him’; Acts 27:8 ‘And, hardly passing it, came unto a place which is called The Fair Havens
Fair - " ...
3: καλός (Strong's #2570 — Adjective — kalos — kal-os' ) "beautiful, fair, in appearance," is used as part of the proper name, Fair Havens, Acts 27:8
Phoenix - of Fair Havens where a ship of such size as that by which St
Crete - The ship first made Salmone, the eastern promontory of the island, and took shelter at Fair Havens, a roadstead on the south side, east of cape Matala
Crete - Paul's ship was constrained by contrary winds off Cnidus to sail under the lee of Crete "over against Salmone"; having passed which with difficulty the ship reached Fair Havens, near Lasea
Cauda - Paul was sailing for Italy had rounded Cape Lithinos (now Cape Matala), four or five miles west from Fair Havens, and was making in a W
Crete, Cretans - Paul’s ship, on the voyage to Rome, sailed along the Cretan coast close in ( Acts 27:7 ), and came to Fair Havens near Lasea
Pheoenix - (Φοίνιξ)...
When the lateness of the season made it dangerous for an Alexandrian cornship, which had lain weather-bound for ‘much time’ in Fair Havens, to continue her voyage to Italy, the question of a wintering-place arose (Acts 27:12). Captain Spratt maintains that it is ‘the only bay to the westward of Fair Havens in which a vessel of any size could find any shelter during the winter months’ (J
Crete - The ship doubled Salmone, the eastern cape of Crete, and with difficulty reached Fair Havens, a small anchorage near the city of Lasea (Acts 27:8 )
Titus, Epistle to - No doubt on his journey as prisoner from Cæsarea to Rome he was windbound under its lee, sheltering from unfavourable winds at Fair Havens (Acts 27:7-8 ); but we are not told that he landed on this occasion, and it is probable that, as a change of wind was being anxiously waited for, he was unable to leave the ship
Ship - (On PAUL'S voyage, see EUROCLYDON; MELITA; CNIDUS; CRETE; Fair Havens
Melita - After leaving Fair Havens in Crete, and while sailing along its S