Cyprus: Paphos




Paul, Barnabas, and John Mark traveled across Cyprus to the city of Paphos. They received a favorable reception from the Roman administrator there, but met resistance from a Jewish magician named Bar-Jesus or Elymas. In response, Paul inflicted him with temporary blindness.

Context: Paphos was one of the larger cities on Cyprus. Situated on the island's western end, it was the Roman administrative center for Cyprus. Among the deities worshiped at Paphos was Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty.

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