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The School of Tyrannus

Tyrannus was a Greek schoolmaster, of some sort, in Ephesus (a photo of the ruins of the ancient city is shown below) who allowed the apostle Paul (see Paul's Ministry) to use his facility for a period of about two years. Whether it was just in the afternoons, after Tyrannus' own morning classes, as was sometimes the Greek custom, or whether Paul used it at some other time, or through the entire day, despite opposition from others it was one of the most productive and powerful times of Paul's ministry, "so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul" (see verses below).

"disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus ... this continued by the space of two years"

Although some have speculated that the school of Tyrannus was a synagogue, that seems quite unlikely because Paul's rejection at the synagogue (at the synagogue, not of the synagogue), after three months there, was the reason that Paul, and his fellow Jews who did believe the Gospel, then went to Tyrannus' school i.e. "he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God. But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus" (see below).

Ephesus

"And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received The Holy Ghost since ye believed?"

"And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost."

"And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized?"

"And they said, Unto John's baptism." [see The Origin of Baptism]

"Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues [see Speaking In Tongues], and prophesied. And all the men were about twelve."

"And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God. But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus. And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks."

"And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them."

"Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists [see The Exorcist], took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded."

"And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. And many that believed came, and confessed, and showed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed." (Acts 19:1-20 KJV)

Fact Finder: Where did Paul go during each of his three major missionary travels (and travails, see Travail)?
See Paul's First Missionary Journey, Paul's Second Missionary Journey and Paul's Third Missionary Journey


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