At Paphos Archaeological Park one can easily find the Villa of Theseus. In my documentary on Acts 13 I have given my reasons why I think the area is connected to the events of Acts 13 and also my opinions on the lack of information given by the authorities concerning this.
While I was at Paphos in June 2012 I took this photo of the information board at the Villa and it clearly shows no mention whatsoever of the events of Acts 13 or of the connection between Sergius Paulus or the Proconsul at Paphos and the New Testament.
One could argue there is no connection with the location, yet none could rightly argue the same concerning the Proconsul.
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Paul (Saul) Barnabus and the gospel writer John Mark, came to Cyprus around the year AD 45. Some suggest between AD 45-48? This was part of Paul’s first Mission.
Cyprus is also referred to in the Old Testament in Genesis 10: 4 under the name of “Kittim”.Josephus identifies Kittim as ‘Citium’ and its connection to Zeno, the Citian (See Josephus. Ant. l. 6. 1)
In the 1st century Cyprus had a large Jewish community. Luke in Acts 4: 36 tells us that Barnabus was a native of Cyprus as were some of the early disciples of Jesus. Acts 11: 19 tells us that when persecution arose concerning Stephen, some Christians scattered and travelled as far as Cyprus. Acts 11: 20 tells us that some of them were already men of Cyprus. Acts 21: 16, also refers to a certain “Mnason” which was a common name amongst the Romans.
Paul, Barnabus and Mark visited the island at the beginning of their first missionary journey (Acts 13: 4-13) Barnabus and Mark returned without Paul on their second missionary journey (Acts 15: 39) and Paul at the end of his third missionary journey passed by Cyprus to the south-west (Acts 21: 3) and again on his voyage to Rome but the winds prevented him from landing (Acts 27: 4)
5 et cum venissent Salamina praedicabant verbum Dei in synagogis Iudaeorum habebant autem et Iohannem in ministerio
6 et cum perambulassent universam insulam usque Paphum invenerunt quendam virum magum pseudoprophetam Iudaeum cui nomen erat Bariesu
7 qui erat cum proconsule Sergio Paulo viro prudente hic accitis Barnaba et Saulo desiderabat audire verbum Dei
8 resistebat autem illis Elymas magus sic enim interpretatur nomen eius quaerens avertere proconsulem a fide
9 Saulus autem qui et Paulus repletus Spiritu Sancto intuens in eum
10 dixit o plene omni dolo et omni fallacia fili diaboli inimice omnis iustitiae non desinis subvertere vias Domini rectas
11 et nunc ecce manus Domini super te et eris caecus non videns solem usque ad tempus et confestim cecidit in eum caligo et tenebrae et circumiens quaerebat qui ei manum daret
12 tunc proconsul cum vidisset factum credidit admirans super doctrinam Domini
13 et cum a Papho navigassent Paulus et qui cum eo venerunt Pergen Pamphiliae Iohannes autem discedens ab eis reversus est Hierosolymam”