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Sunday, 24 January 2010


A familiar and yet unfamiliar word. This is a squad car of the Pulizija Ta´Malta, the Malta Police Corps.  Founded on 12 July 1814, it is one of the oldest police forces in Europe, if not the world.

The poster behind the car is advertising Simon’s, an Elvis tribute bar in Qawra, on St Paul’s Bay.  If there was any justice in the world the pulizija of St Paul’s Bay would have shut that place down years ago.

St Paul’s Bay has a long an interesting history, and is where Paul of Tarsus is said to have been shipwrecked on his way to Rome to face trial. The local guide who took us on an excursion one night after work assured as that it was well documented that this was the very bay where Paul was shipwrecked, and apologised that it was dark and that she therefore couldn’t point out the very rocks where the ship struck land. Somewhat bemused I have scratched around on the internet and found that even though the first records of the shipwreck at this place were written 400 years after the event, this doesn’t stop certain people from “verifying” this by comparing the local geography to the account in Acts 27 (27-32):

If you visit the island of Malta today you will find an inlet that is called St. Paul’s Bay. Ancient tradition has hallowed this bay as the site of Paul’s shipwreck. The earliest document mentioning this tradition was written more than four hundred years after Paul’s shipwreck. However, given the bearing on which their ship was drifting, this bay is the first possible point of contact that they would have had with the island of Malta. Also, there is other evidence that points to this bay as the scene of the shipwreck.

Right, except that the argument is based on the geography of the modern bay (18th Century) fitting the description in the bible, and it does not even attempt to argue that all other bays/rocks on the island don’t fit the description.

Posted by bigblue on 24/01/2010 at 07:54 AM
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