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Sergius Paulus and Elymas part 1 b
by ric gustafson
04/07/06
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We started out on our journey and Barnabas told us a little history of Cyprus since the journey by boat from Seleucia to Cyprus is about 60 miles. Cyprus is about 140 miles in length and 60 miles wide. Cyprus was once part of the imperial province of Cilicia but in 22 B.C., Cyprus became a seperate senatorial province. Barnabas said that the island was administered by a Roman proconsul by the name of Sergius Paulus. Barnabas also said that some Christian communities had sprung up on the island and that they could serve as bases of operation.

When we arrived at Cyprus, Barnabas suggested we go to Salamis which is in eastern Cyprus. We had a warm welcome from the synagogues there and the people were receptive to our message. After spending quite a bit of time in Salamis, Barnabas suggested we go to a larger city 90 miles away called Paphos. Paphos was the provincial capital of Cyprus and was also the home base of Sergius Paulus the Roman proconsul. We arrived in Paphos and again the local synagogues were receptive to our message and teachings.

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