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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 Skin

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.

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 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 its pagan god, Asclepion.

"Pergamum Asclepion Parchment"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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