An island lying in the eastern Mediterranean about sixty miles west of the Syrian coast and about the same distance from the coast of Turkey. Approximately 140 miles long and 60 miles wide (about the same size as ancient Israel), the island was known as Elishah in the OT (Ezek 27:7; Gen 10:4; 1Chr 1:7). A Jew named Barnabas, an early convert to Christianity, was a native of Cyprus (Acts 4:36), as were some of the other early disciples (Acts 11:19-20; Acts 21:16). Acts reports that Paul and Barnabas traveled across the island, from Salamis to Paphos, on their first missionary journey (Acts 13:4-13). At Paphos they encountered the sorcerer Bar-Jesus and the proconsul Sergius Paulus. Barnabas and Mark later returned to Cyprus during Paul’s second missionary journey (Acts 15:39).
7Of fine embroidered linen from Egypt
was your sail,
serving as your ensign;
blue and purple from the coasts of Elishah
was your awning.
4The descendants of Javan: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Rodanim.
7The descendants of Javan: Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Rodanim.
36There was a Levite, a native of Cyprus, Joseph, to whom the apostles gave the name Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”).
The Church in Antioch
19Now those who were scattered because of the persecution that took place over Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, ... View more
16Some of the disciples from Caesarea also came along and brought us to the house of Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we were to stay.
The Apostles Preach in Cyprus
4So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia; and from there they sailed to Cyprus.5When they arrived at Sal ... View more
39The disagreement became so sharp that they parted company; Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus.