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Pergamum Asclepion Parchment
(Revelation 2.12-13a)
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"To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: 'These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. I know where you live - where Satan has his throne.'" (Revelation 2.12-13a)✞

From Animal Skins

Word to Pergamum Asclepion the SaviorPergamum was connected to the worship of "Asclepion." "An Asclepion" was literally "a healing temple." Asclepion was the pagan god of healing and became Pergamum's primary object of worship. The so-called serpent god was called Asclepion the Savior and interestingly this symbol of the serpent wound around a staff still appears as the insignia of the medical profession today. It may also have some connections to the story of Moses raising up a bronze snake on a pole which when looked upon by the sick people were healed from snake bites. Numbers 21.8-9 recounted the story, "The Lord said to Moses, 'Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.' So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived."

A Huge Library

Parchment from animal skinThe city of Pergamum was built on a hill 1,000 feet above the surrounding countryside, creating a natural fortress. It was a sophisticated center of Greek culture and education, with a reputed two hundred thousand volume library of parchment scrolls. The Pergamum parchment was first invented in the city of Pergamum and was special because it was made from the skins of animals, smoothed and polished and sewn together into scrolls. Pergamum was also the center of four cults, and it rivaled Ephesus in its worship of idols. People came there from all over the Roman world to seek healing through prayer and to worship of its pagan god, Asclepion.

"Pergamum Asclepion Parchment"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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