Bay 22 - The Life of St John the Evangelist

Panel 17 - John drinks the poison prepared by Aristodemus (Lower panel of pair)

The Golden Legend tells how Aristodemus, high priest of the cult of Diana, challenges John to drink poison to prove the superior power of his own God. Note the two dead men on the left - condemned criminals on whom the poison's potency had been tested. Having survived the challenge, John then revives the two men, prompting Aristodemus and the Proconsul to convert.



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