Prophesying Sculpture at Delphi Shrine
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The archaeological site of the Delphi shrine is incredible. It was a sacred place for the god Apollo who was the god of prophecy among other things. The ancient Greeks believed Delphi was the navel of the world. This ancient sculpture representing a navel was given as a gift by one of the Greek city states to the priests of Apollo. The oracle (a woman) would touch a sculpture like this during her prophecies. What's the connection with Saint Paul? He knew of this prophetic tradition. But for Saint Paul, true prophecy was a gift of the Holy Spirit, not mediated through a sacred priesthood (see 1 Cor 12:1-12). Much of Saint Paul's teaching was a reinterpretation of a belief already present in Greco-Roman culture.
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