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Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature

Sergius Paulus

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Ser´gius Paulus, a Roman proconsul in command at Cyprus, who was converted by the preaching of Paul and Barnabas (). The title given to this functionary exhibits one of those minute accuracies which, apart from its inspiration, would substantiate the sacred book as a genuine and contemporary record. Cyprus was originally a prætorian province, and not proconsular; but it was left by Augustus under the Senate, and hence was governed by a proconsul, as stated by the Evangelist (; ; ). Sergius is described by the Evangelist as a 'discreet' or 'intelligent' man; by which we are probably to understand that he was a man of large and liberal views, and of an inquiring turn of mind. Hence he had entertained Elymas, and hence also he became curious to hear the new doctrine which the apostle brought to the island. Nothing of his history subsequent to his conversion is known from Scripture.





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Kitto, John, ed. Entry for 'Sergius Paulus'. "Kitto's Popular Cyclopedia of Biblial Literature".

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