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Lystra

 

Acts

14:8-23 

At Lystra, Paul healed a man with crippled feet. People thought Paul and Barnabas were the gods Zeus and Hermes. They brought oxen and garlands to offer a sacrifice, but Paul prevented it. Later, people turned against Paul. They stoned him and dragged him out of the city.

Context: Sacrifices of oxen were common in Greek religious practice. Shown here is a sacrificial procession from an Asian sculpture. Zeus was the supreme god among the Greeks. Hermes was the messenger of the gods. Since Paul did the talking, the people identified Paul with Hermes and Barnabas with the more distant figure of Zeus. On Paul's second journey he returned to Lystra where he met Timothy, who became a valued associate.

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