Paul's Missionary Journeys

Mission in Lystra

Acts 14:8-14

[They] fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding country.... Acts 14:6

City: "turned into a Roman colony in 6 B.C. ...population was mostly uneducated Lycaonians, who came from a small Anatolian tribe and spoke their own language. The ruling class was made up of Roman army veterans" (Longenecker 1981:434)

Summary: In Lystra, Paul and Barnabas encountered a crippled man. Paul saw that the man had faith and he was healed. When he did this, however, the Lyconians began saying, in their own language, that they were gods who had come to them in the form of men. When Paul and Barnabas found out what they were saying, they tore their clothes and rushed into the crowds trying to make them understand the message they were giving. Jews from Antioch and Iconium, however, persuaded the crowd to turn on them and Paul was stoned and left for dead. The next day Paul and Barnabas left for Derbe.


Paul being stoned at Lystra: from a 5th-
century ivory casket. (Brownrigg:330)

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