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 Main Index : Commentaries : PNT : PNT Vol. 2 : Cities and Towns Names in the NT

CITIES AND TOWNS NAMED IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

(From the Bible Hand-Book.)

I. In Judæa II. In Samaria III. In Galilee IV. In Peræa
V. Decapolis VI. In Phoenicia VII. In Syria VIII. In Asia Minor
IX. In Macedonia X. In Greece XI. In Isles of the Sea XII. Italy

I. IN JUDÆA.

      1. Azotus: Near the Mediterranean; the ancient Ashod, visited by Philip (Acts 8:40).
      2. Bethlehem: Six miles south of Jerusalem; the birthplace of Jesus (Matt. 2:1).
      3. Bethany: Near Jerusalem, on a slope of the Mount of Olives; the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus (John 12:1).
      4. Gaza: Near the Mediterranean, to which a road led from Jerusalem (Acts 8:26).
      5. Emmaus: Four miles south of Jerusalem; the place to which the two disciples were walking when joined by Jesus (Luke 24:13).
      6. Joppa: On the Mediterranean; the port of Jerusalem where Peter saw a vision (Acts 11:5).
      7. Jericho: In the valley of the Jordan, where Jesus restored sight to Bartimæus (Mark 10:46).
      8. Jerusalem: The Holy City where all the great feasts were held (Luke 2:41).


II. IN SAMARIA.

      1. Antipatris: East of Shechem; the place to which the guard conveyed Paul by night (Acts 23:31).
      2. Cæsarea: On the Mediterranean, where Paul made his defense before Agrippa (Acts 25).
      3. Sychar: In the valley between Ebal and Gerizim; the site of Jacob's well (John 4:5, 6).


III. IN GALILEE.

      1. Bethsaida: A village on the Sea of Galilee; the native place of Peter, Andrew, and Philip (John 1:44).
      2. Cana: A village four or five miles northeast of Nazareth, where Jesus performed his first miracle (John 2:11).
      3. Capernaum: A city on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus lived, and performed many miracles (Matt. 4:13).
      4. Chorazin: A city on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, against which Jesus pronounced woes (Matt. 11:21).
      5. Magdala: A village on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, visited by Jesus (Matt. 15:39).
      6. Nazareth: A town among the hills, about midway between the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean; celebrated as the place where Jesus was brought up (Luke 4:16).
      7. Nain: A village on a hill southeast of Nazareth, where Jesus raised to life the widow's son (Luke 7:12). [509]
      8. Ptolemais: On the Mediterranean, north of Mount Carmel, where Paul landed on his way to Jerusalem (Acts 21:7).
      9. Tiberias: A city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, visited by Jesus (John 6:1).


IV. IN PERÆA.

      1. Bethabara: A place east of the Jordan, nearly opposite Jericho, where John baptized (John 1:28).
      2. Machæus: East of the Dead Sea; the place where John the Baptist was imprisoned and beheaded. Not named in the Bible.


V. DECAPOLIS.

      1. Bethsaida: On the northeastern shore of the Sea of Galilee; the place where Jesus fed the five thousand (Luke 9:10-17).
      2. Gadara: A city south of the Sea of Galilee, which gave its name to the district--"the country of the Gadarenes" (Mark 5:1).
      3. Gergesa: A little village east of the Sea of Galilee; the place near which the demoniacs were cured, and the swine drowned (Matt. 8:28-34).


VI. IN PHOENICIA.

      1. Tyre: The celebrated commercial city of antiquity, on the Mediterranean; on "the coasts" of which Jesus cured the daughter of the Syro-Phoenician woman (Matt. 15:21-28).
      2. Sidon: A city on the Mediterranean, about twenty miles north of Tyre, in a region once visited by Jesus (Mark 7:24).


VII. IN SYRIA.

      1. Damascus: On a fertile plain, watered by the Abana and Pharpar, east of the Anti-Libanus mountains; the place of the Apostle Paul's conversion (Acts 9:1-25).
      2. Antioch: On the river Orontes, seventeen miles from the Mediterranean, between the Tarsus and Lebanon ranges of mountains; the seat of the first missionary church (Acts 11:19-30).


VIII. IN ASIA MINOR.

      1. Antioch: A city in Pisidia, east of Ephesus, visited by Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:14).
      2. Ephesus: A celebrated city one mile from the Ægean Sea, where Paul preached for a long time, (Acts 19) and one of the seven churches of Asia (Rev. 2:1).
      3. Derbe: A town in Lycaonia, visited by Paul and Barnabas (Acts 16:1).
      4. Iconium: Sixty miles east of Antioch, where Paul and Barnabas preached (Acts 14:1-5).
      5. Lystra: Not far from Derbe, also visited by Paul and Barnabas; the home of Timothy, (Acts 16:1) and where the two missionaries were thought to be gods (Acts 14:8-12).
      6. Laodicea: The capital of Phrygia, and the seat of one of the churches to which a message was sent by John (Rev. 3:14). [510]
      7. Miletus: The port of Ephesus, where Paul delivered a farewell address (Acts 20:17-38).
      8. Myra: An important town of Lycia, where Paul changed ships on his journey to Rome (Acts 27:5).
      9. Patara: A sea-port of Lycia, where Paul took ship for Phoenicia (Rev. 2:12).
      10. Pergamos: A city of Mysia; the site of one of the seven churches of Asia (Rev. 2:12).
      11. Perga: A city of Pamphylia, visited by Paul and Barnabas, and where Mark left them (Acts 13:3).
      12. Philadelphia: A town on the borders of Lydia; the seat of one of the seven churches of Asia (Rev. 3:7).
      13. Smyrna: On the Ægean Sea, forty miles north of Ephesus; the seat of one of the seven churches in Asia (Rev. 2:8).
      14. Sardis: An important city of Lydia; the seat of one of the seven churches of Asia (Rev. 3:1).
      15. Troas: The ancient Troy, on the Ægean Sea, where Paul in a vision received the call to Macedonia (Acts 16:8-10).
      16. Tarsus: A city of Cilicia; the birthplace of the Apostle Paul (Acts 9:11).
      17. Thyatira: A city of Lydia, and the seat of one of the seven churches of Asia (Rev. 2:18).


IX. IN MACEDONIA.

      1. Amphipolis: Thirty-three miles from Philippi, and three miles from the Ægean Sea, visited by Paul (Acts 17:1).
      2. Apollonia: A city thirty miles from Amphipolis, where Paul remained one day (Acts 17:1).
      3. Berea: A small city on the eastern side of Mount Olympus, where Paul preached, and where the people examined the Scriptures to see if his preaching was true (Acts 17:10-13).
      4. Philippi: A flourishing city nine miles from the Ægean Sea, celebrated as the first foothold of the gospel in Europe (Acts 16:12-40).
      5. Thessalonica: At the head of the Thermaic Gulf; an important commercial centre, and the scene of Paul's labor (Acts 17:1-9).


X. GREECE.

      1. Athens: One of the most celebrated cities of the world, situated five miles northeast of the Saronic Gulf, a part of the Ægean Sea. It was the seat of Grecian learning, and the place where Paul delivered one of his most famous discourses (Acts 17:15-34).
      2. Corinth: An important city forty miles west of Athens, where Paul preached, and the seat of one of the leading churches (Acts 18:1-18).


XI. IN THE ISLES OF THE SEA.

      1. Fair Haven: A harbor in the island of Crete; a place where the ship on which Paul was sailing anchored (Acts 27:8).
      2. Mitylene: On the island of Lesbos, in the Ægean Sea, where Paul's ship anchored for a night (Acts 20:14). [511]
      3. Paphos: On the western shore of Cyprus; visited by Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:6).
      4. Salamis: On the eastern shore of Cyprus; visited by Paul and Barnabas (Acts 13:5).
      5. Syracuse: A celebrated city on the eastern shore of Sicily, where Paul stopped on his journey to Rome (Acts 28:12).


XII. ITALY.

      1. Rhegium: A city on the southern extremity of Italy, where the ship in which Paul was journeying touched (Acts 28:13).
      2. Puteoli: The leading port of Italy, where Paul disembarked (Acts 28:13).
      3. Appii Forum: A village on the Appian Way, forty-three miles from Rome, where Christians met Paul (Acts 28:15).
      4. Three Taverns: A place eleven miles from Rome, where another band of Christians met Paul (Acts 28:15).
      5. Rome: The great city of Italy, the capital of the Roman Empire, where Paul was taken for trial before Cæsar, (Acts 28:16), and where he was afterwards put to death. [512]




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