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Antioch in Pisidia

Pisidia was a small Roman province (see Province) in the central part of Asia Minor (today known as Turkey). Antioch (not to be confused with Antioch Of Syria) was one of the major cities of Pisidia that was visited by the apostle Paul (see Paul's Ministry) during his missionary travels through the region (see the Fact Finder question below). Paul himself was a native of Asia Minor/Turkey, with his having been born in Tarsus. Hence Paul's right to claim Roman citizenship by place of birth i.e.

"Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, 'Tell me, art thou a Roman?'"

"He said, 'Yea.'"

"And the chief captain answered, 'With a great sum obtained I this freedom.'"

"And Paul said, 'But I was free born'" (Acts 22:27-28 KJV)

Note that the Romans' way of using the word "freedom" was actually just a label for their imperialism, not freedom in the actual personal sense, whether for their own citizens, or for the people of other nations who were supposedly set free by becoming subject to a Roman ruler. Examples: a Roman citizen on death row, as Paul himself ended up, still had his "freedom," and the "freedom" that the Romans brought to the people of other nations, all across Europe to the Middle East, from Britain to Iraq (see map below), was actually a matter of invading, occupying and ruling over them (see Ancient Empires - Rome). That same Roman system of "freedom" extended over Judea, where "free" Roman troops (i.e. "With a great sum obtained I this freedom," see quote of Roman soldier above) carried out the brutal torture and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Map Of The Roman Empire

The apostle Paul preached The Gospel Of God's Coming in many cities in the region, including Antioch in Pisidia.

"Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem. But when they departed from Perga [see Pergamum], they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and sat down. And after the reading of the Law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on" (Acts 13:13-15 KJV)

Although some opposed their preaching of the Gospel, many in the city welcomed the Truth and those who taught it.

"Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God."

"And the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God" (Acts 13:43-44 KJV)

Antioch in Pisidia is mentioned here along with Antioch in Syria.

"And when they had preached the Gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation [see Trials and Tribulations] enter into the Kingdom of God. And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed. And after they had passed throughout Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia. And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down into Attalia"

"And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled. And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles. And there they abode long time with the disciples." (Acts 14:21-27 KJV)

Fact Finder: Where are the major missionary journeys of Paul recorded in the Bible?
Paul's First Missionary Journey - Acts 13:1 to 15:35
Paul's Second Missionary Journey - Acts 15:36 to 18:22
Paul's Third Missionary Journey - Acts 18:23 to 21:17
Paul's Journey To Rome - Acts chapters 27 and 28

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