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Sergius Paulus

PAULUS, SERGIUS (pô'lŭs, sûr'jĭ-ŭs, Gr. Paulos Sergios). When Paul and Barnabas visited Paphos, the capital of Cyprus, on their first missionary journey, they were called before [[Sergius Paulus]], the Roman proconsul, because this man of understanding “wanted to hear the word of God” (Acts.13.6-Acts.13.12). When Elymas, his court magician, attempted to turn him against the gospel, Paul through a miracle struck him with blindness. The incident so affected Sergius Paulus that he “believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord” (Acts.13.12). It is often said that Paul, then known as [[Saul of Tarsus]], took his name from this first Gentile convert, but this may be only coincidence.