Pisidia was a small Roman province (see Ancient Empires - Rome and Bible Places) in Asia Minor (Turkey), to the north of Pamphylia. A rugged area within the Taurus mountain range, Pisidia was nevertheless well populated in the New Testament era, particularly due to its major city of Antioch (not to be confused with Antioch Of Syria) which was visited by the apostle Paul during his major missionary journeys (see Paul's First Missionary Journey,
Paul's Second Missionary Journey and
Paul's Third Missionary Journey). The entire region of Asia Minor played a very prominent part in both Bible History and Prophecy - along with Pisidia in the east were The Seven Churches of Revelation in the west.
Paul In Pisidia
Paul spoke in the Synagogue at Antioch of Pisidia on a number of occasions, including this one in which he expounded how the Messiah originated in the line of David:
"Now Paul and his company set sail from Paphos, and came to Perga in Pamphylia. And John [i.e. Mark] left them and returned to Jerusalem; but they passed on from Perga and came to Antioch of Pisidia. And on the Sabbath day [see The Fourth Commandment] they went into the Synagogue and sat down. After the reading of the Law and the Prophets [see Aliyya and Haftara], the rulers of the Synagogue sent to them, saying, "Brethren, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, say it."
"So Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said:"
"Men of Israel, and you that fear God, listen. The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it. And for about forty years he bore with them in the wilderness [see Wilderness Journey]. And when He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance, for about four hundred and fifty years. And after that He gave them judges [see The Judges] until Samuel the prophet. Then they asked for a king; and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. And when He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king; of whom he testified and said, 'I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after My heart, who will do all My will.' Of this man's posterity God has brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, as he promised." (Acts 13:13-22 RSV)
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