2 Kings 19-21; Acts 14

Acts 14:18-20 Even with these words, they scarcely restrained the crowds from offering sacrifice to them. However, some Jews from Antioch and Iconium arrived and won over the crowds. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. But when the disciples gathered around him, he got up and entered the city. On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.

Acts 14 is amusing, written as it is by Saint Luke in a deadpan, understated style.  Paul performs a healing in Lystra, and the people want to worship Paul and Barnabas as gods.  Paul of course tries to calm them down, pointing out he is a human being just like them.  But with some Jewish encouragement, the Lystrans quickly go from adoration to outrage, and stone Paul.  The way this is written I see Paul going from unconscious to instantly energetic, popping up and vigorously brushing himself off, proclaiming “All right then, let’s go get a beer!” (think a younger John Cleese in a Monty Python skit)


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