Most of the Armenians in the vineyard country of Southern California had heard the story of Avak Hagopian, the goldsmith's apprentice of Azerbaijan. Four years ago, when Avak was 16, God had appeared in a vision before him. God had given Avak the power to cure. Letters from the old country swore it was true. With a touch of his fingers Avak cured ulcers, paralysis, cancer. He had been tried for charlatanry—and had won acquittal by curing the throbbing pain in his judge's head. He had also won as his staunchest disciple...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!