Paul's Missionary Journeys

Mission in Pisidian Antioch

Acts 13:13-52

From Perga they went on to Pisidian Antioch. Acts 13:14a

City: "Pisidian Phrygia near Pisidia...was founded by Seleucus I Nicator about 281 B.C. ...situated 100 miles north of Perga on a lake-studded plateau some 3600 feet about sea level... On the platau Antioch stood astride the Via Sebaste, the Roman road from Ephesus to the Euphrates... most important city of souther Galatia and included within its population a rich amalgam of Greek, Roman, oriental, and Phrygian traditions" (Longenecker 1981:423)

Summary: On the sabbath, Paul and Barnabas went to the synagogue. After the reading of the Law and the Prophets Paul stood up and addressed the Jews and God-fearing Gentiles that were assembled there. He began by giving the historical background of the Messiah, spoke of the ministry of John the Baptist and then told of the death and resurrection of the Savior. Many of the Gentiles, upon hearing this, rejoiced and were saved. The Jews, however, aroused many of the city leaders against Paul and Barnabas and they were driven out of the city. They shook the dust off of their feet in protest and left for Iconium, still filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.

Roman aqueduct at Antioch in Pisidia, founded
by Seleucus Nicator in the 3rd century BC
and fortified by the Romans, an important
crossroads of imperial highways. (Brownrigg:330)

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