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BIBLE LOGIC PUZZLE NUMBER 1 - PAUL SAILS TO ROME

(Based on the so-called "Einstein" logic puzzle. See NOTES below.)

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INTRODUCTION: The apostle Paul is now a prisoner, sailing from Judea to Rome, in order to stand trial before Nero, the Caesar to whom he appealed his legal case. He is accompanied on the trip by four men (one is Julius, the army officer in charge of Paul). At some point during the trip, Paul and each of the other men write a letter to a person who is related to the writer in some way (a brother, cousin, father, friend, or son).

Each person receiving a letter lives in a different Roman province, and each province is adjacent to either one or two of the other provinces, with all five provinces appearing on Roman maps lined up in a relatively straight row running from west to east (left to right). Each letter is mailed from a different port as the five men make various stops on their way to Rome.

The question is: Who wrote the letter to Brutus?

From the information provided, determine the name and order of each province from west to east, who wrote each letter, who received each letter, the relationship of each letter recipient to the letter writer, and from which one of five ports each letter was mailed.

CLUES:

  1. Gaius wrote a letter to a person in the province of Nutria.
  2. Paul wrote a letter to a person named Ephras.
  3. Aristarchus wrote a letter to his brother.
  4. The province of Moratoria is adjacent to the left (or west side) of the province of Kratoria.
  5. One of the men wrote a letter to his cousin in Moratoria.
  6. The letter written to Demos was mailed from the port at Myra.
  7. The letter sent to someone in the province of Lyturia was mailed from the port at Fair Havens.
  8. One man wrote a letter to his father who lives in the province in the middle.
  9. Julius wrote a letter to a man in the province on the west (left).
  10. The man who mailed his letter from the port at Sidon mailed it to someone in a province next to the province in which Claudus received a letter.
  11. The province where Adrus lives is next to the province in which a man received a letter mailed from the port at Fair Havens.
  12. The letter mailed from the port at Puteoli was sent to a friend.
  13. Luke mailed his letter from the port at Syracuse.
  14. Julius wrote to someone in a province that is next to the province of Opatria.
  15. The letter that was mailed from the port at Sidon was sent to a man in a province next to the province where the son lives.

Chart for Working Puzzle

West to East 1 2 3 4 5
Province
 
         
Writer
 
         
Recipient
 
         
Relationship
 
         
Port
 
         


NOTES: Although many of the clues presented in this puzzle are fictional, some facts are biblically correct. To determine which is which, read the story of the apostle Paul's arrest, trial, appeal to Caesar, and voyage to Rome in Acts chapters 21-28. (Although Gaius traveled with Paul on one or two missionary journeys, he is not recorded as being on this voyage to Rome.)

If you can solve an old logic puzzle attributed to Einstein (but probably not his), you can solve this Bible puzzle. (Or the other way around.) To try your brain on Einstein's logic puzzle (sometimes called, "Who owns the fish?"), take a look at one of these: http://mcraeclan.com/Graeme/EinsteinQuiz.htm, or http://www.greylabyrinth.com/Puzzles/puzzle084.htm, or try solving it interactively on this Web site: http://www.goodegames.co.uk/richard/dhtml/dragdrop/einstein.html.

If you are new to logic problems and want to learn more about how to solve them, try one of these Web sites: http://www.pennypress.com/solvers/tips.shtml, or http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Plains/4484/logic.htm#intro.

If you enjoyed working Bible Logic Puzzle Number 1 ("Paul Sails to Rome"), try Bible Logic Puzzle Number 2 ("Paul Awaits Trial in Rome"), which is a continuation of the story begun in this puzzle (although not based on the same logic). And thank you, Dr. Einstein, or whoever you are, for your logic upon which I leaned quite heavily in order to develop this puzzle. ~ Carolyne