ABSTRACT

Authors have seen something of the holy man's relationship with his fellow men; but for some at least a good deal of their time must have been spent in actually reaching their eventual clients. The criterion may have been the stated presence of substantial Greek-speaking Jewish congregations in the towns, though this seems not to have been the case in Philippi itself; it is explicitly so at the following, Thessalonica and Beroia, the latter more receptive than the former. The narrative from Acts 19.21 proceeds as if Paul simply decides to revisit Macedonia and Achaea, and proceed to Jerusalem. In Phlegon's collection of miracle-stories they have a report of a jar of stone at Messena in Sicily which was shattered by the force of the storms and torrential rain; a threefold human head fell out of it, each with two rows of teeth. Philostratus, himself a native of nearby Lemnos, so that here seem to be dealing with local tradition.