The importance of Paul in Cyprus and Paphos

In southern Cyprus sits Paphos. This was a key location for many individuals who sought out the Greek Goddess Aphrodite. Paphos features breathtaking villas and palaces that rival any in the world. This location would later would be known to the Christian world as the location where Paul engaged in a battle with Bar-Jesus, also known as Elymas, a powerful sorcerer. Acts 13:9-12 says:

“Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, “You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord? Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind for a time, not even able to see the light of the sun.” Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand. When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord.

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