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Amphipolis, from a combination of two Greek words (pronounced) am-fot-er-os meaning all around, or surrounded, and polis meaning city (see the Fact Finder question below) was a city of Macedonia. The name "surrounded city" is descriptive of the city's location within a bend of the Strymon River. The city was founded by the Greeks (see Ancient Empires - Greece) around the fifth century BC, however with the rise of the Roman empire (see Ancient Empires - Rome), Amphipolis became a capital city of one of the Roman districts of Macedonia. Amphipolis was located about 30 miles southwest of Philippi (see the map below).

"Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica"

Paul and Silas passed through Amphipolis on their way from Philippi to Thessalonica during Paul's second missionary journey (see Paul's First Missionary Journey, Paul's Second Missionary Journey and Paul's Third Missionary Journey).

Paul's Second Missionary Journey

"Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews: And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned with them out of the Scriptures [see also Which Bible Did Jesus Use?], Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ. And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.

But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people. And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus. And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things. And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let them go." (Acts 17:1-9 KJV)

As made evident in the verses quoted above, Paul's Ministry was almost always a matter of peaceful acceptance or violent rejection. Those who believed the Gospel, whether among Paul's fellow Jews, or from the people of other nations, joyfully and peacefully accepted the truth and those who preached it. On the other hand, those who rejected the Gospel, whether among Paul's fellow Jews, or from the people of other nations, very often reacted violently against the truth and those who preached it.

"And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.

But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people. And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus [see Timotheos] abode there still. And they that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens: and receiving a commandment unto Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed, they departed." (Acts 17:10-15 KJV)

Fact Finder: What are some of the other cities of Bible History (see also Bible Places) that use "polis" in their name?
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